Saturday, January 14, 2006

A good day to be British?

So Gordon Brown is calling for a something like a Britain Day.

OK, so I'll stick my neck out and say that Gordon Brown has just had a good idea. Well, perhaps not the day itself, which will probably just devolve into 'going down the pub' day, but a good idea in that the fact that Brown is interested in talking about British identity and multiculturalism shows that at least he is concerned about the issue and might like to do something about it.

However, a Britain Day could be a good idea if we don't let it devolve into something pointless. There's a lot to celebrate about being British, and although I'm not exactly sure how you'd go about 'doing British things' on the day, I do approve of the idea of a coming together of cultures, which is essentially what being British is all about.

To those people who thing that we should just celebrate St George's Day, well fine, no-one's stopping you. But we live in Britain and are ruled politically as Britain, so any civic celebration should be about Britain as a whole. Trying to have a day which honours multiculturalism might seem a little empty if we then say it only applies for England and not for anybody else.

And of course, there always Europe Day (May 9th), for anybody who's feeling particularly cross-cultured. Must get around to buying that EU flag...

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