It is time now that we revisited the issue of having a Bank Holiday on the day our nation should be celebrating its patron, Saint George. Saint George and the Dragon is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers regarded as one of the most prominent military saints.
Saint George and his feast day began to gain more widespread fame among all Europeans, however, from the time of the Crusade the St. George’s flag, a red cross on a white field, was adopted by England and the City of London in 1190 for their ships entering the Mediterranean to benefit from the protection of the Genoese fleet during the Crusades, and the English Monarch paid an annual tribute to the Doge of Genoa for this privilege.
There are question marks over the future of the May Day Bank holiday, which comes in the middle of the school term and which is close to the Whitsun bank holiday at half term.
Of our four home nations, only England does not mark its own Saint day with a national public holiday, and consequently many of us find ourselves joining with the Irish to celebrate St Patrick’s Day instead. I believe it is time to end this anomaly and move the May Day Bank to April the 23rd, and declare this day, St George’s Day, an annual public holiday for the people of England.
Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for the South-East and leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament today attended the funeral of Baroness Thatcher along with 2,300 guests at St Pauls Cathedral.
“Baroness Thatcher was an inspiration to a generation. Her vision and leadership almost single-handedly transformed a dysfunctional economy”.
The late Prime Minister coffin was taken from the Palace of Westminster to the funeral at StPauls Cathedral. The procession was accompanied by the sounds of applause by those lining the route.
“We owe her a huge debt of gratitude – even those who may not be clear-sighted enough to acknowledge it.”
Richard Ashworth MEP leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament commenting on the passing of Baroness Thatcher said:
Baroness Thatcher was an inspirational leader and a great Prime Minister who saved our country, who showed great courage and conviction throughout her career. Baroness Thatcher transformed the United Kingdom from a country that was at the behest of the trade unions into a modern functional economy.
She was a true patriot who stood up for the interests of this nation and was one of the best Prime Minister’s we have ever had.
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan helped to transform the political map of Europe. Their strength in facing down the communists inspired millions of people from Central and Eastern Europe to believe that freedom could be achieved.
In the ECR group we sit beside a number of MEPs from behind the old Iron Curtain – a prospect that we could not have dreamt of thirty years ago. So many of our friends from countries like Poland and the Czech Republic tell us that they came into politics and fought for their freedom thanks to the action taken by Thatcher and Reagan.