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  • Cancelling St George’s day

    by Sunny
    24th April, 2008 at 5:09 pm    

    That bigoted twit blogger Archbishop Cranmer has gotten on his high horse again telling us that Bradford has banned St George’s day because of Muslims. Except that, er, it hasn’t.

    A report on the Daily Telegraph says that Bradford council has post-poned the event due to health and safety reasons. Given the town’s troubled history, this isn’t surprising. Especially the BNP try and use any such event to stir up trouble.

    Apparently though, according to Cranmer, its all the fault of the Muslims or the council people. Who probably are Muslim anyway. He adds: “Cranmer is still waiting to hear of the cancellation of Eid or Diwali celebrations, purely on ‘health and safety’ grounds, you understand,” with typical pomp.

    Except that:

    Health and safety reasons have nothing to with there being lots of Muslim people in one area. Clearly the event wasn’t cancelled because it would offend local Muslims, otherwise they wouldn’t hold it at another time.

    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.

    And, hard as a pill this may be to swallow, St George’s day isn’t a big enough deal for most Britons:

    The cross of Saint George flew over Downing Street on Wednesday, but efforts to urge the English to take more pride in their long-neglected national day fell mainly on deaf ears.

    While Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the globe by the Irish, the remotely Irish and anyone else who fancies a jolly-up, Saint George’s Day just doesn’t seem to register in the same way — even in England.

    The vast majority of English people would be extremely hard put to name the date of their national day, and most are more likely to know France’s July 14 Bastille Day or the July 4 holiday in the United States.

    I’d be happy to have it as a national holiday. The more the better!

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    1. sonia — on 24th April, 2008 at 5:21 pm  

      thats right the more holidays the merrier. INcidentally, this was one of the questions on that Citizenship test..

    2. fugstar — on 24th April, 2008 at 6:53 pm  

      naaa man, yorgos was a bruv!

    3. marvin — on 24th April, 2008 at 7:13 pm  

      What a shame the authorities postponed or cancelled this mutlti-racial/cultural St Georges day event that a lot of kids prepare for, all because of the fear of a few extremists.

      We should stand up to extremists and extremism of all hues, not wimper in the corner hoping they might just go away.

      They don’t have enough Police and Community support officers in Bradford to hold a parade of all hue of locals?

      Cranmer does have point when he says “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.”

      St Georges day is exactly the kind of thing that needs to be encouraged and celebrated by all citizens. Otherwise the lunatics will have taken over the asylum.

      What’s the point in all these government “initiatives” and focus groups on how to bring communities together, when they are too scared to stick up for it when they see the slightest hint of trouble?

      No backbone!

    4. Ashik — on 24th April, 2008 at 10:33 pm  

      It’s not just St. Georges Day. The annual London Boyshaki mela (celebrating the Bengali new year) was postponed due to health and safety reasons as well. It was the most highly attended event in London.

    5. marvin — on 24th April, 2008 at 11:50 pm  

      Ashik that’s terrible! I am no fan of the French way, but their blatant disregard for health & safety does at times seem much to be desired.

    6. Sunny — on 25th April, 2008 at 12:09 am  

      all because of the fear of a few extremists.

      Marvin - are health and safety people extremists now?

    7. Sunny — on 25th April, 2008 at 5:15 am  

      tobefair - its quite obvious you’re a BNP activist and keep linkig to their stuff. I’m afraid I don’t gave space on my site to racists - your stuff will continually be deleted.

    8. Cover Drive — on 25th April, 2008 at 6:06 am  

      St George’s Day has sadly become associated with the far right. How do we reclaim that?

      St Patrick’s Day, however, is celebrated not just in Ireland but in many parts of the world. A great excuse to go to the bar and have a jolly time.

    9. Bert Rustle — on 25th April, 2008 at 6:51 am  

      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?

    10. Boyo — on 25th April, 2008 at 12:25 pm  

      It’s not English to be patriotic -that’s for johnny foreigner…

    11. JOHN GRIMBITS — on 14th May, 2008 at 9:42 am  

      when are we alowed to celebrate Hitlers Birthday again?

    12. Golam Murtaza — on 14th May, 2008 at 12:09 pm  

      What’s stopping you? Get a few bottles of champagne in, deck the inside of your house with swastikas and other ‘memorabilia’, invite all your like-minded mates round and have a right royal piss up for the Fuhrer. You could have a whale of a time.

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