It amazes me, in this country (and when I say country I mean the UK!) with so many great Britons, that we still look to saints to represent us. In the case of "England" the veneration of St George and of some "English" culture (trust me the legacy of the English is the legacy of the violent, genocidal Anglo-Saxon invaders, not exactly a glorious past!) is even more bizarre as he never even set foot here!
Here's my proposal... let's have a Winston Churchill day. He was at once equally magnificent and flawed. A human being whose life is so interwined with the recent history of our great country (from battles in what is now Sudan, through the Boer War, the First World War, the Second World War and the early stages of the Cold War). And it's a day all Britons can celebrate together, a day of unity and celebration and of remembering the history of our islands.
I was trying to tell people today that St George never set foot in this country and they didn't believe me. If you are celebrating St George's Day today, have fun but make sure you know a little about St George.
And don't invite me!!
*Two seconds later* Grrr.... just found a St Georges flag taped to the back of my chair... someone shall pay!!! *sends out email with Union Jack on it*