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  • Only a silver bullet will do, it seems

    by Rumbold
    27th October, 2008 at 9:23 pm    

    I thought that this had been killed off. Sadly not. If the government really wants to promote a shared identity, they should stop their anti-immigrant scaremongering, or just stop pandering to the tabloids in general. Not lazily stereotyping Muslims might be a good start.

    The Ministry of Justice insist plans for a British Day have not been axed and remain “very much alive”. The plan for a national holiday, like July 4 in the US or Bastille Day in France, was proposed as part of Gordon Brown’s plan to celebrate Britishness.

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    1. Amrit — on 27th October, 2008 at 9:29 pm  

      How pointless. Just adapt the American holiday, and make ‘Labour-Free Day’. The one thing that ties us all in this country - especially if you believe the tabloids - is our shared love of avoiding work wherever possible. Going on Facebook during office hours and then staying two hours extra to make up for it - that’s so British.

      C’mon Gord, we’re waiting. Enough of ‘British Day,’ let’s have ‘Labour-Free Day’ a TRUE British day!

      Although Labour may feel the need to rename it for obvious reasons, hahaha. ‘No Work Day’ sounds good too…

    2. persephone — on 27th October, 2008 at 11:39 pm  

      Mr Byrne said the day would give people the opportunity to celebrate “the best of being British”

      Many british people would baulk at the idea in itself - celebrating being british would go against the grain

      Byrne also wants to “showcase all the colours of the British tapestry”. Well with allegations about war crimes at agincourt…

      I would prefer that the costs for having such a day are re-channeled as a tax rebate - basically a Tax Free Day instead

    3. Don — on 27th October, 2008 at 11:43 pm  

      Darwin Day! This year, let’s do it.

    4. douglas clark — on 27th October, 2008 at 11:49 pm  


      Now that I could get behind!

    5. Tu S. Tin — on 30th October, 2008 at 3:40 pm  

      I never understand how outsiders see our 4th of july as some “look at me I’m American national day”? It’s nothing to do with national pride of anything but the birth of a country and the idea of freedom … it is really called Independence day. ( as it is in several other countries around the world)
      I believe the English equivalent would be the 5th of november …. but maybe it’s hard to see the things which are right under your nose!
      I don’t think we have a national celebration of shared identity, though we do, do it on or own.
      One thing I have enjoyed living in New York are the parades, which don’t seem to reflect where we are now as people but more where we have come from …. and how each step in the journey was a building block not an obstacle. I especially loved the German parade and the reflection it presented “from enemies to friends” … where healing WWII wounds later helped in bring down the Berlin wall…. on St. Patrick’s day EVERYONE is Irish! no one tops the Greeks with their victory through unity! …… and the Italian simple yet passionate love of life and human achievement! … and from south of the border comes a shared history … one of a whole “America” not just a states version..
      I walked away from everyone of them full of pride!!! not for being american but just for being alive!!!
      I know the difference is that the united states was built on immigration but everyone has something to learn from each other!
      I wish I had more time to finish what I wanna say …but I’m off to work now :(

    6. Jai — on 30th October, 2008 at 4:45 pm  

      Now that I could get behind!

      Speaking of things I could get behind…..But enough about Megan Fox.

      On a more serious note, regarding “British Day”, well it has its respective benefits but I think it would be critical to ensure it doesn’t get hijacked by racists; any celebration of the dodgier aspects of British history such as the colonial era would also be a bad idea, especially if they’re looking to make this an inclusive event for those of us whose ancestors were on the receiving end of all that.

      But I would definitely applaud the idea of celebrating historical matters such as scientific advances, global exploration, the victories of WW1 and (particularly) WW2, etc etc. There’s certainly a huge amount to be proud of there.

    7. Rumbold — on 30th October, 2008 at 5:05 pm  


      You and your sexual inneundos. Perhaps we have found an ideal role model for British day.

      While there is plenty to be proud about in Britain’s history, having a day to celebrate it seems so disjointed. Are cheering crowds goes to throng the streets with Isaac Newton masks on? Or sink a pint of Charles Darwin ale (which probably already exists)?

    8. Refresh — on 30th October, 2008 at 6:04 pm  

      Jai, are you the new Jonathan Ross?

    9. Jai — on 30th October, 2008 at 11:25 pm  

      Wefwesh, you and Wumbold have no idea how close I was to saying “Andrew Sachs’ grand-daughter” instead of “Megan Fox” in #6, believe me…..

    10. Refresh — on 31st October, 2008 at 1:36 am  

      I believe you.

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