Happy St George’s Day
The St George's Cross is the flag of England (as opposed to the Union Flag [or Union Jack], which is the flag of Great Britain).
Some people see the St George's Cross as some sort of neo-fascist emblem. This is a great shame, because it denies the English their patriotism.
Were we to fly our flag, we would discern a tacit disapproval from passers-by. (Imagine that, if you can, my fair readers in the States.)
I don't think this is the case with many other national flags.
Perhaps it's because we appear to be saying we don't want to be part of the British "union" (or of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland").
And maybe we don't want to. We share a land mass, that's all. The Welsh and Scots are, rightly, reclaiming their independence through governmental devolution and reclaiming their languages before they go the way of Latin et al. Good for them.
France shares a land mass with Italy, Germany, Spain... No one's telling them they have to fly the same flag or speak the same language.
Let's get sensible and get back to basics. And let's start with a national holiday for St George's Day (even if he was a Turk, and the Turks are currently busy killing Christians, but that's a whole other story...).
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