Saturday, April 25, 2009

Celebrating St. George's Day

I've just dropped by Trafalgar Square where the Mayor's St. George's Day celebrations are in full swing. Boris deserves great credit for marking England's Patron Saint in this way, which his predecessor chose not to during his term of office [UPDATE: Commenters point out Ken did in fact hold similar events, so I retract that - although they clearly passed me by].
Ken Livingstone does however deserve credit for introducing this type of community event for Londoners. They really do help promote a sense of unity whilst celebrating the rich diversity of the city's people. In these harsh economic times a bit of free entertainment and a chance to have fun are more important than ever, and they needn't be too expensive for the taxpayer- or cost anything at all with sponsorship. 'Bread and circuses' is a cliche, but that doesn't make it wrong.

2 comments:

853blog said...

Boris deserves great credit for marking England's Patron Saint in this way, which his predecessor chose not to during his term of office. Funny, because the GLA website contains a slideshow of Ken's 2008 St George's Day party in Trafalgar Square, his 2007 St George's Day party in Trafalgar Square, as well as information about events in 2006 and 2004.

Like you say, Ken deserves plenty of credit.

Mildly Interesting said...

You know that's actually untrue. it was celebrated in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as can be seen on press releases on the london.gov website (http://www.london.gov.uk/view_press_release.jsp?releaseid=16713). Also in Mayor's question time, when asked 'how much will you spend on St George's Day' by Richard Barnbrook, Johnson replies 'about 100 thousand, the same as last year.' He either knows this isn't the first year it's been held, or it slipped his mind since giving that answer. (http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/assemmtgs/2008/mqtjul16/minutes/written-answers.pdf).