Monday, April 23, 2007
Happy St George's Day
Happy St George's Day folks!
In keeping with Nanny's strict rules, Nanny hates the English, St George's Day is not a holiday in England.
Sometimes she even tries to ban people celebrating it privately. This year a St George's Day parade in Ilkeston has been cancelled, after organisers claimed they were told to pay £20,000 for a police presence.
Richard Dawson, of Ilkeston St George's Day Association, said that he had been forced to cancel the event as the bill would have taken money from good causes.
Derbyshire Police counter claim that they had no problem with the daytime parade, but claimed that there were security problems involving a "Right-wing element" during the evening entertainment last year.
They also disputed the cost figure quoted by Mr Dawson:
"The total cost that would have been put to him
in terms of policing would be no more than £2,500,
which would pay for six officers for an eight-hour period."
A spokesman for Erewash council said that Mr Dawson's 2006 event breached a temporary licence, and led to complaints from residents.
"The event last year went over the set time limit."
The above story indicates that there are some "differences of opinion" as to the facts on this one. I would be grateful if anyone can post some details on the above, so that we can see a clearer picture.
However, here are a few reasons to be proud to be English:
1 We gave the world the English language, the language of choice for international business discussions.
2 We gave the world parliamentary democracy.
3 We were the first country in the modern world to abolish slavery.
4 We gave the world America (no smart arsed comments please:)).
5 We gave the world cricket and football.
Please feel free to add to the list.
Happy St George's Day!