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The topics that Robin Cook explores in his Chicken Tikka Masala speech are British identity and multiculturalism.

British identity and multiculturalism

First, the speaker uses historical arguments to show that British identity is not based on race because Britain was never a pure-race country: “The British are not a race, but a gathering of countless different races and communities, the vast majority of which were not indigenous to these islands.” 

The speaker explores how Britain was formed, starting with Roman and Anglo-Saxon invasions, and continuing with foreign princes, the French influence, and the Jewish community. In this way, he supports the idea that British identity is less about race and more about shared values: “The modern notion of national identity cannot be based on race and ethnicity, but m...

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