Wednesday, April 23, 2008

St George’s Day – cancelled

When the Bishop of Rochester said that parts of the UK were becoming ‘no-go areas’ for non-Muslims, he was ridiculed by his fellow church leaders and pilloried by politicians. But events in Bradford, at least, seem to prove his point, for there the parade intended to celebrate England’s national day has been cancelled for ‘health and safety’ reasons, along with the disproportionate ‘cost of policing’.

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.


Anonymous irene lancaster said...

This is unbelievably sad, especially as I understand that St. George was reputed to have hailed from the Middle East in any case.

What absolute noodles they all are.

23 April 2008 at 10:14  
Anonymous Homophobic Horse said...

Saint George is the patron saint of many countries. Like Georgia. He was a Greek living in Asia minor who converted to Christianity.

The Muslims regard the George Cross as a crusader symbol and a talisman of violent football hooligans who don't celebrate diversity.

23 April 2008 at 11:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And don't forget that the Notting Hill Carnival is the one festival that almost invariably results in at least one violent death, so by rights that is the one which should be cancelled on Health and Safety grounds.

Don't hold your breath.

23 April 2008 at 12:50  
Blogger Curly said...

Happy St. George's Day!

Do you think it ought to be a Bank Holiday?

23 April 2008 at 13:21  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
it seems that we not to be allowed to slay the dragon , it seems they are a protected species .

if only the EU had a symbolic animal , rtaher than being a shambolic animal.

if it were and animal i think a boa constrictor would be about right , coils its self around its public and constricts them until they cease fighting !! then opens its wide mouth and devours them whole .

23 April 2008 at 17:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

I am flabbergasted too. I live in Bradford and am a Health and Safety workplace representative (although not a bleeding-heart liberal, I wish to make clear). It is spurious claims like this that give 'health and safety' a bad name. You might also be interested to know that we asked the Council to fly the flag at half-mast on Monday the 28th, for workers' memorial day - a day when we remember the millions of people worldwide killed while trying to earn a living. They refused on 'Health and Safety' grounds to perform that simple task! Now, what is so unsafe or unhealthy about moving a piece of string? We are to be allowed to burn candles in the public square...

They did admit they would have lowered the flag to half-mast had the Queen died. Quite right. But it can't then be for health and safety reasons that they won't do so for other remembrances. I am tired of health and safety being used as an excuse for everything.

I am a little concerned that other comments you made may be treated as an invitation?

23 April 2008 at 18:59  
Anonymous Adrian Peirson said...

I have only one thing to say, It's all Balkanisation, Divide and ConqEUr by the Ruling Elite.

24 April 2008 at 15:47  
Anonymous Sunny said...

Cranmer, its example of your typical bigotry.

First, the no-go areas didn't actually refer to any specific areas and the Bishop refuses to tell us exactly where they are.

Secondly, health and safety reasons have nothing to with there being lots of Muslim people in one area. Unless you're a bigot like Arch. Cranmer.

Thirdly, if the event is postponed, clearly the sentiments of local Muslims is largely irrelevant to why it was postponed.

Fourthly, the police do in fact close off Southall every year for Vaisakhi and Eid for health and safety reasons because too many idiots spend their time driving up and down Southall Broadway blaring their horns and flying religious flags.

But please don't let me detract you from another pathetic attempt to conjure up a controversy.

24 April 2008 at 17:06  
Blogger Bert Rustle said...

Earlier this month, Bradford's Sikhs go on parade

... Vaisakhi ... was marked with a joyful parade ... on a seven-mile route round the city. ... the parade usually falls on a weekend but the procession was able to go ahead on its actual celebration week-day date thanks to help in the planning from Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police.[emphasis added]

An army of stewards and police officers managed the help keep the parade and its marchers. They moved through the city without too much disruption to traffic, a police spokesman said. "Everything has gone to plan."

About 5,000 Sikhs from all over the country ... and the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Robin Owens, was among them. ...

Has there been a massive deterioration in public order in the last two weeks since this Sikh Vaisakhi parade took place? Do Muslims get on better with Sikhs than Christians? As apparently the St George's parade and the Vaisakhi parade were of a standard Multiculti format, would anyone have noticed the difference?

25 April 2008 at 06:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Quite right, exactly the point His Grace made. In addition, Bradford Council didn't object one bit to closing off the main trunk road for six hours to facilitate a cycle race the weekend after the Vaisakhi parade, so it's not just that they're trying to be inclusive to non-Christian religions, but that they're prepared to host anything but our festivals. And Sunny - your argument doesn't hold water. The parade has been moved to remove it from the association with a religious festival.

Fortunately, Leeds Council, a much better organised and respected Council, is happy to close off the streets round the Orthodox Church in Harehills each year for the service of Epitaphios (burial or Our Lord and Harrowing of Hell) each Good Friday. His Grace will be pleased to learn that this achieves the Lord's work in more ways than one, since the Police presence disrupts the local, er, shall we say 'trade'. For those in the dark, Easter is this weekend, and today is therefore Good Friday.

I almost regret to add, that in true Greek fashion, we've moved St. George to Monday so we can eat meat on his feast day. *Tut sigh*.

25 April 2008 at 12:03  
Anonymous Bradford said...

First, the no-go areas didn't actually refer to any specific areas and the Bishop refuses to tell us exactly where they are.

Secondly, health and safety reasons have nothing to with there being lots of Muslim people in one area. Unless you're a bigot like Arch. Cranmer.

Thirdly, if the event is postponed, clearly the sentiments of local Muslims is largely irrelevant to why it was postponed.

Firstly the Bishop of Rochester was referring to non-material "No-Go Areas" which preclude debate and fits perfectly with the attempt to suppress St George's Day in Bradford for cultural reasons.

Secondly Bradford has 20 Muslim Councillors operating cross-party and with a NOC Council wielding disproportionate influence - and I believe they are unrepresentatitive of the voters in that gerrymandering and Mirpur village politics got them "elected" in non-transparent procedures.

As for the West Yorkshire Police one can forget them totally. The City of Bradford Police was far better than the regional force which is something of a paper tiger round here.

The simple fact is that there are areas of Bradford which people avoid at all costs - especially at night....viz

25 April 2008 at 19:17  

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