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Sense of Fair Play

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Sense of Fair Play

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Sense of Fair Play

Do the English have a better sense of fair play than other nations? Probably not, but it’s certainly a quality we value and like to aspire to. Unsurprisingly then, we hold people who display the quality in high esteem. Stanley Matthews is a case in point. The first professional footballer to be knighted, he was renowned for his sense of fair play in a career that spanned 36 years and never saw him booked or sent off once. According to a recent study of chimps, they also have a sense of fair play and like humans react negatively in unfair situations with strangers, but are more tolerant when unfairness comes from family or friends. More interesting still, they tended to ignore the loss of fair play when they benefited from it – a quality that’s also mirrored in human behaviour. Food for thought indeed!

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The English believe in being fair whether in sport or in dealing with each other.

stephen turland


FAIR PLAY is crucial for the English mentality. Most of English morality is Fair Play. Often there is the appearance of it, but the very existence of the value among the English is the sign that they care more . Closely related is "The UNDERDOG concept", that is taking the weaker side and not the winner's one. This, to my mind, comes from the very desire to be "fair".
Alecia Jioeva


This should be an icon because it used to sum up our attitude to our dealings with others. Without it, we become less as a people.
david greene


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I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

Ade Adeluwoye

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