St George’s Day petition to No.10
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: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/ST-GEORGES/
Cry God for Harry, England and St George!