Official: St George is not an English Icon!
Well doesn’t this just take the biscuit?
David Lammy, the culture minister is launching the Icons Online project tomorrow. It’s a virtual collection of “England's most cherished cultural treasures. Nominated by the general public, the Icons collection reflects a contemporary view of English culture and values.”
The initial list includes Alice in Wonderland, Punch and Judy, a cup of tea, the Angel of the North, the FA Cup, London buses, the S.S Empire Windrush, Holbein's portrait of Henry VIII, the King James Bible, the Spitfire, Stonehenge, and William Blake's Jerusalem.
But why oh why leave out the St George Flag? It is the single most identifiable Icon of England. Apparently the government is funding a list of national icons that they hope can save England from the “white van man” image of a St George’s flag stuck to the inside of a vehicle window.
This is proof if any were needed that Nu Labour believes it is politically incorrect to wave our national flag. Roger Scruton, the philosopher and author of England: An Elegy, is not wrong when he is unsurprised by this since, as he puts it, England has “been run for the past few years by some mealy-mouthed Scots.”
More at the Beeb here.