I prefer British - i have always been drawn to it because of the 'now' active monarchy - we see a lot more of them now and its very unique to see how the whole nation comes together to celebrate a family. People all of the world admire the royals and its great to know wer part of that.
We saw in america they gathered when barack became president - that was more symbolic of how times have changed. The royal wedding showed how things haven't changed too much - the monarchy is modernised and is less active then once before, but we still regard them as a key part of Britain.
I emphasise my Britishness probably more than my Scottishness because it has a civic angle to it. Because it's a political identity based on citizenship in addition to a national or cultural identity (whereas Welshness, Cornishness, Northern Irishness or whatever is only the latter) it means I'm involved in a common project. Other identities lack this: they're simply a commentary on what you see yourself as.
So that's what being British means to me: working together to improve the State in which we live.
Well, the British are a mongrel race, fed by immigration and conquering armies from France, Scandinavia, Germany, the Roman Empire, the Picts and Celts, Semites, Dutch, Flemish, Saxons and a hundred more, forged by hardship and growth over the centuries.
I love the mixture, its what makes us unique. I'm proud of what the British offered the world, ashamed of what they took from it.
I love that we're made up of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man.... every disparate and bizarre, quaint and forward-thinking, every part of this group of people.
It doesn't really mean anything to me. I don't 'feel' British, really. I don't empathise with people who claim to do so, and I don't care about how Britain does in the Olympics or whatever else in the world. I feel a lot more English than British.
I can't say it means much more than British citizenship and a pretty useful passport, to be honest. I could make some vague cultural generalisations, but I don't feel attached to any of them. I've not experienced anything that leads me to believe there's some great significance to the fact I happened to be brought up in Britain over any other European nation.
I consider myself English and Irish (genetically and culturally). Citizenship wise I am British and Irish but I've never really seen myself as British for quite a few reasons. I suppose British to me is a lot of things as its hard to define a culture, its a way of life and thinking. It is also a citizenship.