Monday, January 16, 2006

Britain Day for the United Kingdom.

Apparently Gordon Brown (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) is so fascinated by American patriotism that he wants Britain to have what he calls "Renewed Patriotism", (for a brilliant comment on Gordon Browns Fabian Society speech see Tristan Hunts comment in The Observer here.)

Brown wishes to introduce a "Britain Day" on the otherwise festive Remembrance Day (11 November), and to make Britons see the Union Jack the as a symbol of British values.

I say, why stop with a national day? Here is my list of how to make Britain feel more like America when it comes to nationalism:

- Make a Declaration of Independence (Eurosceptics would love it). Preferably on Guy Fawkes day (5 November), thus avoiding two fireworks nights right after each other.

- Adopt a series of meaningless official mottos. My suggestions are: errare humanun est and God is with us!

- Place the Union Jack in all classrooms and churches.

- Make children who are to young to understand what they are doing pledge allegiance to the Union Jack. The pledge should be something like this:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and to the Empire for which it no longer stands, four nations: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in the European Union, with Asbo's and surveillance cameras watching all."


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