There'll always be an England
Today is the national holiday of England. So naturally, it's also a day of controversy.
The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has chronicled a list of cases where the English people have been essentially prohibited from celebrating their national holiday. They include,
- A Taxi driver in Teignbridge Devon ordered to remove a St George's Flag from her cab in 2013.
- An Army veteran in Preston, Lancs, ordered to paint over a St George's Flag design on his front door by housing association chiefs.
- More than 1,200 council workers banned from flying England flags on their own cars by managers during the World Cup because of concerns the gesture would "discriminate" against other nationalities.
- A disabled Army veteran ordered to remove a St George's Flag from his garden by his housing association landlord.
- Radstock Council in Somerset voting not to fly the St George's Flag because of concerns it could upset Muslims.
The party is now encouraging people to wear a red rose to celebrate English identity. However,"Ukip said many people were "frightened" of celebrating St George's Day or flying the England flag because of concerns they could be accused of being racist" [Ukip's Paul Nuttall calls for Britons to mark St. George's Day by wearing a red rose,
by Macer Hall, Express,
April 23, 2015]