It’s St George’s Day, according to the BBC patron saint of: Aragon; Catalonia; England; Genoa; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Istanbul; Lithuania; Moscow; Palestine; Portugal; and Venice. Also riders; saddle makers; saddlers; sheep; shepherds; soldiers; and the Teutonic Knights. He was adopted by England after Henry V’s victory at Agincourt. Although noteably much lower key than St Patrick’s Day there are a number of related events in London. One Islamic contributor to PM yesterday (the editor of emel Magazine)argued that such a cosmopolitan figure would be a perfect cypher for a more inclusive Britishness.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty