Should the English be more patriotic?
The English are the least patriotic people in Europe, at least when it comes to a willingness to fly the flag. Many think that it would not be correct to do so and that it might even be considered racist. The cross of St George is slowly being taken over in England by the far right because unlike the Scots or Welsh the English seem to feel that they should not overtly show that they are English as well as British.
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We need to reinforce neighbourly ties
If we learnt to celebrate being English we could all have one value in common. This would reintegrate people into society. Even with just one value in common, people will begin to feel connected to people who live in the country who are not friends or part of the immediate family. In a poll [[Sky news, http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/UK-OK-Sky-News-Poll-Suggests-Britons-Becoming-Less-Patriotic/Article/20080441313615?lpos=UK_News_Article_Related_Content_Region_1&lid=ARTICLE_1313615_UK_OK_Sky_News_Poll_Suggests_Britons_Becoming_Less_Patriotic%5D%5D, 81% of people stated that the social ties that bind people together is society are weakening. This seems to be a cycle. If we could get people to be more patriotic they would feel these ties tighten, but to feel patriotic they need to feel these ties. The Government needs to announce a bank holiday for the event of St George’s Day in order to ignite English Patriotism and this will in turn tighten the loose ties that society currently maintains.
If England were to become more patriotic it would be likely that many would begin to feel excluded.England is bound by it's values already and it is unlikely that celebrating St George's Day would solve all the conflict in our society.
Need to take back English patriotism
At the moment to be patriotically English is to be seen as being somewhat racisit and probably a supporter of the BNP or at least UKIP. However this should not be the case at all, for a start both these parties supposedly represent the whole union so should not be confused with English patrioism. Instead English people need to be more patriotic in order to take the idea back from the radicals, to show that partiotism can be a good thing.
what is there to be proud of?
British history is a dark, murky and grim; one of the largest colonisers of the world. Brutal killings of leaders and civilians across the globe occurred for the sake of the British owning more land. For this reason, England is a disliked country across the globe. British people themselves are embarrassed by their ancestor’s greed. This greed was feed by Patriotism of England. For this reason, Patriotism of England should not be promoted. Instead, the British nationality should be valued as this shows England to be a more co-operative country, releasing those it once held under British rule and working together with them as a different unity.
This sounds more like a reason to celebrate the good things to show that they do exist rather than ignore them. England and Britain more generally may have done some horrible things but any country that has been an Empire has done as bad or worse and they are still patriotic (think China, Japan, France, Russia). England equally has had an immense role in improving the world through encouraging education and pushing forward science.
Britain never lost independence
There is a significant reason why England does not celebrate St George’s day as much as other countries support their patron Saint; the British people never had to gain their independence back from themselves. Many Countries that celebrate a patron saint in order to commemorate the countries independence from England. This being the case, it is quite obvious why England does not celebrate St George’s day; they never had to gain their independence.
England is a multicultural society
What there is to celebrate about England is its national and cultural diversity. If we look at the demographics of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, their populations have far less of a mix of ethnic origin. England on the other hand is highly infiltrated by people from across the world. The English flag would only serve to reinforce segregation between those who are born ‘English’ and those who have merely moved here. This is divisive and not what a country like England needs. It is for this reason it is better to celebrate British nationality. The idea of different nations coming together under the same name to celebrate the diversity is far more palatable.
There is no contradiction between being multicultural and being patriotic. The USA is probably the best example, but India would be too of countries with a lot of ethnicities that are none the less partiotic. It is silghtly different for England because the multiethnic component is supposed to be the UK as a whole. However there are bound to be plenty of 'english' people of differing origins who would be happy to celibrate some kind of English national day - perhaps based upon the signing of the Magna Carta or something that also celebrates democracy and liberty at the same time.
What do you think?