Obviously, today is St George's Day. The St George's flag has been hijacked of recent years by types who think loving their country means hating many of the people who live in it, and most of the people outside it. I'm talking far-right groups such as the English Defence League (EDL), BNP (though they still favour the Union Jack), etc.
Reclaiming St George and his cross from such people is a tricky task. My friends in Brighton seem to have the right approach. A St George's Day "March for England" has been organised for Sunday by groups unknown, but the EDL are urging their supporters to turn up to it.
My friend, with fellow liberal-minded Brightonians, plans on attending as well. She says:
It promises to be a great celebration of diversity... am suggesting cross dressing as a fitting theme for this Brighton based celebration of St George, a young Turk with a Palestinian mother and so loved by English patriots.I hope it all goes off well, and that the "patriots" enter into the spirit of the thing.
Hurrah for foreigners! We can march for that.
Please note it's a family event and children are taking part.