Saturday, April 23

St George's Day

Today as every Englishperson knows, or should know, is St George's day.
Many people, including the former Home Secetary David Blunkett urge us to honour St George's Day and celewbrate our Englishness.
The problem is that us English on the whole are not comfortable with patriotism, unlike our cletic cousins. The Scots, the Welsh and the Irish do not have the same inhibitions about extolling their nationa's verues.
Nationalism can and oftern does have ugly connotations, but patriotism is a noble concept. This Englishman, who prefers to be viewed as a Britton, belives that understated patriotism is the name of the game. Wild excitment is really not cricket. ....... Ed

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