I was somewhat surprised that ‘fairness’ did not rank among the characteristics singled out by people as among the best features of being British. We do tend to have a strong sense of what is fair and what is not. It is possible that one characteristic that was mentioned – tolerance – is a consequence of an innate sense of fairness. We do not believe in picking on people (‘it’s not fair’). Neil M in a comment on the previous post refers to our practice of queuing. We queue because we believe it is wrong to jump the queue – it is not fair on those who arrived first.
I appreciate not everyone exhibits this characteristic – that is true of all the characteristics selected – but I think it is a distinct feature of Britishness.