St George’s Day – cancelled
And before His Grace is accused of inaccurate reporting or ‘pandering to the BNP’, he is perfectly happy to report that in fact the celebrations have been postponed until July 1st, and so not actually cancelled. But in his humble opinion, postponing a St George’s Day parade to another day which is not St George’s day amounts to a cancellation. One might as well stagger New Year celebrations to make policing easier, or insisting that parts of the UK celebrate it in June. And while we’re at it, why not roll Christmas and Easter into one and put it in October when nothing else is going on? That should make it a lot more safe and healthy, and far more convenient for the police.
Of course, such a cancellation/postponement of something as prominent as a national day plays straight into the hands of the BNP, but the police and the local council are far too short-sighted to consider this. They have their eyes on the here and now, irrespective of what may be being stored up for the future.
This parade was intended to be a multi-ethnic St George's Day event, and hundreds of schoolchildren have spent many months preparing for it. And it must be noted, as was the case with Guy Fawkes’ night, that it is once again English culture and tradition which is being sidelined.
Cranmer is still waiting to hear of the cancellation of Eid or Diwali celebrations, purely on ‘health and safety’ grounds, you understand.