WOT – NO SAINT GEORGE? NO THANKS - THIS IS CORNWALL !
WOT – NO SAINT GEORGE?
Strange things are happening in a little land somewhere to the South West of England. Of course, I refer to Cornwall, otherwise known as ‘Kernow’ by some of its Celtic inhabitants.
St. George’s Day, March 23rd. dawned in Cornwall but there was a positive glut of Saint George’s flags seen draped across many English Counties.
Those brave English patriots at Bude in north Cornwall decided to raise the red crossed white banner at 9AM over the weather station. By 10am, it has disappeared and local police were called in to investigate. A man had been seen taking the flag down and making off with it but who the man was remains a mystery. Diligently, officers fully recorded the crime and broadcast an appeal for information.
Later in the day, construction company, Wimpey’s released a public apology for upsetting the Cornish people by encouraging its workers in Cornwall to celebrate Saint George.
Following howls of protest and letters and scores of e-mails, Janine Davey, Wimpey’s Associate Sales and Marketing Director officially apologised and stated that the apology would be made public in the same local press where the company had advertised its support of England’s Saint.
On another Cornish website, one English patriot moaned that his Saint George’s flag had been pelted with eggs. On the same website, comments referred to the flag as the ‘blood cross’ ‘banner of blood’ and ‘foreign emblem’. On another website, one poster said that to fly the St. George’s flag in Cornwall was alike to ‘flying a swastika over Jerusalem’ and that the only flag for Cornwall was the St. Piran’s flag, a white cross on a black background. According to local news reports, more of these were to be seen on St. George’s Day than the English flag even though St. Piran had been celebrated by record numbers on and around his official day in the Duchy, March 5th as well as by ex-pat Cornish people across the globe.
On BBC Radio Cornwall, Dick Cole, a local councillor and leader of Mebyon Kernow (translated from the Cornish language as ‘Sons of Cornwall’) was asked his opinion on Saint George’s Day and was careful not to dismiss it outright but informed listeners that perhaps Saint Piran was a little more relevant to Cornish people, who may not be, well, English but more closely related to other Celts around the fringes of the British Isles.
No sign of the English Loving Cup of St. George in Truro this year either although it may well have been smuggled in. Last year, its appearance in Cornwall’s only city sparked widespread demonstrations and outcry in the press and media.
A group of people who remained nameless demonstrated their feelings on Englishness in their own way, by burning a Union Flag at an ancient site in Cornwall, apparently in protest that the site is currently owned by English Heritage rather than a designated Cornish Heritage or British Heritage body.
Although the media generally portrayed a widespread celebration of St. George, the patron Saint of England but also of many other nations and states, cities and quite bizarrely, sufferers of syphilis met with mockery not only in Cornwall, but also at the hands of BBC Radio 4, where Elvis McGonagall read a short poem entitled ‘By George!’ much to the hilarity of many listeners:
“Once more unto the breach, dear Morris Dancers, once more
Jingle your bells, thwack sticks, raise flagons
Cry “God for Harry and Saint George!”
Gallant knight and slayer of dragons
Patron saint of merry England –
And Georgia, and Catalonia, and Portugal, Beirut, Moscow
Istanbul, Germany, Greece
Archers, farmers, boy scouts, butchers and sufferers of syphilis
Multicultural icon with sword and codpiece
On, on you bullet-headed Saxon sons
Fly flags from white van and cab
But remember stout yeomen, your champion was Turkish
So – get drunk and have a kebab”
story inspired by: http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/no-st-george-cornwall-thanks-george-wimpey