St George’s Day!


I couldn’t believe it this morning!  I came out of my house wearing my St George’s flag to celebrate the day of England’s patron saint (although he’s also that of Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow)

Anyway – I came out wearing my St George’s flag and there was a huge PC brigade lynch mob who tried to tell me to take my flag off!

Well, I say “huge PC Brigade lynch mob,” that’s not strictly true.  What I actually mean is there was a policeman who tried to tell me it’s against the law to celebrate St George’s Day because the council had said…

Oh, no, wait.  That’s not true either.

Well, at any rate I thought it was disgusting that people were afraid to display the flag of St George on their own country because…

No, hold on, that can’t be right – there were loads of flags on display this morning…

Surely there must have been some Muslims who were deeply offended by my St George’s flag and complained to the Health & Safety Executive…?

No.

None of this actually happened, and none of it has ever actually happened, no matter how hard some right-wing factions of this country may perversely wish for it.

Sorry.

But a happy St George’s day to everyone!  🙂

Let’s take a minute or so to remember a few things that we can be proud of about this country:

  • the NHS
  • a public broadcasting system that’s the envy of the world
  • democracy (flawed though it may be)
  • a welfare system that ensures no one starves on the streets
  • freedom of speech (for the most part)
  • and last but not least the wonderful people of England who have in the past fought – and even died – for all of those things.

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