I find myself writing to the Times to note the appearance of the first fatuous report on national identity by an earnest pwoggie of spring. Elsewhere:
An estimated 2,000 people turned out to watch the parade – down on an estimated 5,000 who attended last year. The number attending the St George festival in Albert Square over the weekend is estimated to have been half last year’s 14,000
The MEN helpfully points out that around 100,000 people attended St Patrick’s celebrations last month.
For my entry into the earnest pwoggie stakes, I propose that Bonfire Night is England’s actual national day; it accommodates our historical talent for blowing stuff up and general riotous assembly.