Happy St George’s Day!

It’s St George’s Day, according to the BBC patron saint of: Aragon; Catalonia; England; Genoa; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Istanbul; Lithuania; Moscow; Palestine; Portugal; and Venice. Also riders; saddle makers; saddlers; sheep; shepherds; soldiers; and the Teutonic Knights. He was adopted by England after Henry V’s victory at Agincourt. Although noteably much lower key than St Patrick’s Day there are a number of related events in London. One Islamic contributor to PM yesterday (the editor of emel Magazine)argued that such a cosmopolitan figure would be a perfect cypher for a more inclusive Britishness.

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