It’s not often that we get an opportunity to applaud the Daily Mail here at BorisWatch Towers, and so we’re going to seize the moment: their recent article on Boris’s decision to encourage St George’s Day celebrations highlights a bold decision that should have been made years ago.
A multicultural society is important, there can be no doubt about that; in fact, trying to pretend that Britain is anything other than a melting pot of other cultures is pretty much hiding your head in the sand at this point. However, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the traditionally English along with that, and Boris makes a very good point: why is it that we don’t make a fuss for our patron saint in the country the way St Andrew, St Patrick and St David are celebrated? Is England no longer a thing to be celebrated?
Still, if blatant nationalism isn’t your thing, you might want to note that St George’s Day marks the date of death (and probable birthday) of Shakespeare, so perhaps you might find yourself tempted by a few sonnets or a quick trip to the theatre.
Let us know your thoughts. Will you be embracing your Englishness come April 23rd? If so, how? If not, what’s stopping you?
(image: VentnorBlog Isle of Wight News)