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Why are the English embarrassed about St George’s Day?

23 April 2024

4:00 PM

23 April 2024

4:00 PM

How should the English celebrate St George’s Day? England is a country with plenty to boast about, but doing so is somehow not particularly English. The result is that 23 April is usually a day that passes most of us by. It’s a pity.

The centuries-old flag of St George was for too long the preserve of the far right

Embarrassed, we often seek expressions of Englishness in the sheepish and the mimsy.

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