When your unthinking choice of language reveals your sense of identity it’s called ‘banal nationalism.’ Banal, in this context, doesn’t mean stupid but rather unthinking, habitual.
Here’s a definition:
Banal nationalism refers to the everyday representations of the nation which build a shared sense of national belonging amongst humans, a sense of tribalism through national identity. The term is derived from English academic, Michael Billig‘s 1995 book of the same name and is intended to be understood critically.
So, when you say ‘we’ or ‘us’ or ‘our country’, that’s banal nationalism. I’m banal too.
Tom Harris reveals something when he refers to the ‘British army’ and not, as the Times does, just ‘the army.’ It suggest that he imagines a neighbouring army which it does not pay toward or help to staff, kindly coming in to help a weaker neighbour, which (Scotland), I suspect is not really ‘his country.’
‘House Jock’ might have been more accurate but I wanted the headline. You know what I mean but, if not, see the 2nd source: