So Gordon Brown is ìn favour of turning Remembrance Sunday into a 'national day of patriotism' to celebrate British history, achievements and culture. Trevor Phillips, the head of the Commission for Racial Equality, is in favour of a celebration of Britishness but thinks that hijacking Remembrance Sunday for this purpose is a bad idea.
I agree. So let me propose a completely different date for 'British Day'.
On June 10th, 1215, the Magna Carta was signed. Although limited in scope and often evaded, this document is the first step towards the democratic constitutional monarchy that Britain was to become.
It is also the first time that the state (in the form of the monarch) was obliged to accept the fundamental principle that it is subject to the same laws as the rest of us. This is something that the Labour party could do with being reminded of.
So let's celerate Britishness, and let's celebrate it as part of an event that represented the first step towards the liberties and freedoms that we now all take for granted.
And, if you want to celibrate with a street party, June is a lot warmer than November.