‘Home’ is what the English have instead of a Fatherland. The notion of a Vaterland or Patrie is too hedged around with a sense of the importance of the state and ideas of race and breeding. ‘Home’ is where the individual lives, but it is also something imagined, a spiritual resting place. But, curiously, it can also mean that the idea of ‘England’ which the English carry in their minds is different to the reality they see around them.
— Jeremy Paxman