Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy St George's Day!

A very happy Saint George's day to everyone reading this.

I distrust most forms of nationalism but celebrate all forms of patriotism.

Nationalism begins when we start defining out nation in contrast to someone else's but patriotism simply means being proud of our own country and loving out own country. Celebrating your own country is entirely consistent with recognising that other people love theirs.

As a British patriot who rejects British nationalism, I refuse to allow anyone to bully me into hostility to Britain's neighbours or allies, but I celebrate all the achievements and cultures of the four home nations of the United Kingdom, and today, on the festival of the Patron Saint of England, we celebrate St George's Day.

Raise a glass to St George and England!

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