The 23rd of April was St George’s Day, that perennial day of politically correct paranoia. Or not – just public propaganda telling us it was. The day when an Englishmen dare not show any hint of patriotism, paralysed by fear. Even thinking about displaying a St George’s flag feels as though it is psychologically punishable by the thought police with a life sentence of insufferable mental torture.
As Ricky Gervais quipped on Twitter: “Happy St George’s Day. (That’s the day that English people don’t celebrate in case someone thinks they’re racist”. He has a point, it must be said. As if to reiterate his sentiment of the day’s modern connotations, The Telegraph reported a statement yesterday from the Church of England saying that it will be delayed until next week as “it is literally a movable feast”.
The paper wrote that, according to church rules, “ no feast days are allowed to be marked during Easter Week. If a saint’s day does end up falling during this week, it is “transferred” to Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter”. Of course we all knew that, didn’t we?
Key politicians including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were slated for posting messages on Twitter, prompting Professor McCulloch, an ex-chair of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History to pithily point out “Downing Street is obviously illiterate about the church”. As harsh as he may sound, such illiteracy of all age groups in modern England is inevitable, is it not?
I suspect May, Corbyn and, indeed, many others are somewhat ignorant in bliss of these historical details as St George’s Day has in recent days become a notional relic of a bygone era where Brits made known their pride on such an occasion.
Heaven forbid British schools engender a sense of British spirit in the next generation worthy of annual appreciation. In today’s snowflake safe zone in our schools, I’m sure the study of the Feast of St George is conveniently brushed under the classroom carpet.
According to Ofsted, “fundamental British values” are: ‘democracy; the the rule of law; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs and for those without faith’. In reality, the fundamentals of Islamic faith take precedence over the teaching of British values and Christianity, for fear of seeming remotely, well, British.
Meanwhile, the BBC continue to call a group of barbaric terrorists the “Islamic State”, probably to distract attention from inconvenient British cultural creations like St George’s Day. Who would dare celebrate with innocent patriotism? As Oscar Wilde put it: “To many, no doubt, he will seem to be somewhat blatant and bumptious, but we prefer to regard him as being simply British”.