Saturday, December 09, 2006

St George’s Day petition to No.10

It seems more than a little inappropriate for Cranmer to be posting on the subject of St George’s Day during the season of Advent, but he has received a request from his erstwhile communicant Mr Mission Impossible to draw attention to an e-petition to 10 Downing Street.

Apparently, one may now petition the Prime Minister on any matter directly. While Cranmer thinks this is more a publicity stunt to give the illusion of being ‘in touch’, it is not unreasonable to expect that, should considerable public interest be evident for a specific populist issue, the Prime Minister may be moved to grant the petitioners’ request.

Mr Croydonian has already drawn attention to the absurdities that this facility may encourage, noting one petition requesting that ‘the Prime Minister force the manufacturers of Alco-pops to include a high dose fertility control hormone in order to reduce the rate of un-planned teenage pregnancies in the UK’. However, the recognition of St George and the granting of a national holiday to England is a matter of race equality. Andrew gives rest to the Scots, and Patrick repose for Ulster Man, so the present inferior status of George and the consequent discrimination against the English gives rise to an unacceptable constitutional imbalance that needs to be regularised.

The petition is worded:

In light of the increasing awareness of English identity (albeit against the best efforts of the current government), St George's day presents the ideal opportunity to celebrate the nationhood of the biggest constituent country of the United Kingdom.

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Proclaim St George’s Day a national holiday for England.

Cranmer exhorts all communicants to sign at:

Cry God for Harry, England and St George!


Anonymous old red socks said...

I imagine, even as we speak, Cranmer is dispensing with his clerical robes and devout meditation in this season of Preparation, to adorn an over-sized tee-shirt, and fortified by ten cans of Special Brew, will shortly commence to rouse the faithful with a spirited (sic) rendition of

"Inngaaland, Inngaaland"

9 December 2006 at 13:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that on St.Patricks day everyone gets absolutely drunk with great zeal? Whereas on St.Georges day.. Actually what does one celebrate on this day?

9 December 2006 at 15:33  
Blogger Croydonian said...

I was gearing up to use exactly the same quote you signed off with Your Grace.

A worthy endeavour.

9 December 2006 at 17:08  
Anonymous Colin said...

An additional holiday, i.e. a day with pay but without work, is always welcome. Probably, Muslims will also be happy to sign a petition for an additional Christian holiday.

Tejus is planning to write an article about race and equality, an interesting topic. May I suggest to visit his blog and to write some comments in order to give him a helping hand for becoming more widely known. Searching for an old article I once have read on the topic of racism, I found the following sentence which reminded me at - I do not know why - His Grace's blog.

"Within Britain itself, however, race was seldom the central issue. Instead, religion was. From the Reformation under King Henry VIII in the 1530s into the 19th Century, anti-Catholicism was the dominant prejudice." The link is here.

9 December 2006 at 18:04  
Anonymous Colin said...

Wikipedia has the following on St. George:

"In Islamic cultures, the Prophet or Saint al-Khidr or Khizar; according to the Quran a companion of the Prophet Muwsa Moses, is associated with Jirjis (St. George), who is also venerated under that name by Christians among mainly Muslim people, especially Palestinian people, and mainly around Jerusalem, where according to tradition he lived and often prayed near the Temple Mount, and is venerated as a protector in times of crisis. His main monument is the elongated mosque Qubbat al-Khidr ('The Dome of al-Khidr') which stands isolated from any close neighbors on the northwest corner of the Dome of the Rock terrace in Jerusalem."

9 December 2006 at 18:14  
Anonymous TEjus Ramakrishnan said...

thank you.. yes i did read a few articles about what I meant to say was that the festive spirit seen on st.patricks day is not quite seen on st.georges day..

9 December 2006 at 18:47  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Yes but wikipedia forgot to mention in your extract Colin that st George is the Patron Saint of Moscow..............and Moscow is The Third Rome

Islam being a cut-and-paste religion co-opted anything the caravans passing through the Hejaz brought as snippets from Persia or Judea and like a good little plagiarist Mohammed's amanuensis pasted the cuttings together............but Mohammedanism is unique in having a lump of basalt as the centre of ritual devotions

9 December 2006 at 19:30  
Anonymous bob said...

St Patrick's Day is celebrated with such festive zeal because it became a day when Irish emigrants came together in whatever countries they found themselves in. St Patrick's Day became the celebration it is because of the Irish "diaspora." An example of this is that New York had an established tradition of a St Patrick's Day Parade long before Dublin did. It also became a focal point for Irish nationalism - a day to celebrate being Irish and all things Irish. It should be borne in mind that in certain circles in Ireland now a distiction is made between St Patrick's Day, which is a religious celebration of the coming of Christianity to Ireland, and "Paddy's Day" an excuse for what the Irish commentator John Waters calls "alcoholic jihad."

9 December 2006 at 20:41  
Anonymous Colin said...

"alcoholic jihad."


9 December 2006 at 21:37  

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