Rally round the flag for queen and country – that was the patriotic message from British Finance minister, Gordon Brown. Tony Blair’s presumed heir has suggested the UK should have a ‘national day’.
“What is the British equivalent of the US national day, the 4th of July, or Thanksgiving, or even the French 14th of July, for that matter. What I mean is what is our equivalent for a national celebration of who we are and what we stand for,” he told a rally of Labour party supporters.
Brown stressed ‘Britishness’ should incorporate notions of ‘tolerance and inclusion’
What it means to be British is now something on which applicants for UK citizenship are expected to pass a test. Brown has suggested the November Rememberence Day commemorations when the country pays tribute to its war dead as a possible date for what he termed “British day.”