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Sunday, January 08, 2006

English Icons

The icons website is being relaunched tomorrow by its owner, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The icons website has been asking for nominations and votes for English icons for months now and as of last week, St George was at number three with 78% of visitors voting for St George as a genuine English icon.

So why, when the DCMS is using the website as part of a campaign to promote English icons to help us understand how icons shape understanding of personal and national identity, has it decided to omit St George but include other things that aren't even English?

One word - Britification.

See Also:
Campaign for an English Parliament
Gavin Corder
L'Ombre de l'Olivier
Englishman's Castle
Raised by Chaffinches
Blue Witch