As reported by Mayorwatch, Boris Johnson has announced his St George’s Day celebrations, claiming: “St George’s Day has been ignored in London for too long but I’m truly pleased to announce some fantastic events to mark this occasion”

This pronouncement, which could be interpreted either as spin or, more accurately, barefaced lying, chooses to ignore the fact that the GLA under Ken Livingstone had supported annual celebrations since 2004.

Why not enjoy these photos of Londoners not celebrating St George’s Day in 2007, read about Londoners not celebrating St George’s Day in 2006 or just read Ken Livingstone’s account of the very first time he ignored St George’s Day in 2004:

“St George’s Day

I have announced plans being supported by the GLA to mark St George’s Day on 23 April. The GLA is backing a free performance by English traditional dancers in Covent Garden, the traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph by cadets of the Royal Society of St George, and is financing a special section of the Visit London website devoted to advertising other events taking place on St George’s Day. This is in addition to the open day at the Globe Theatre – Shakespeare’s birthday falls on St George’s day and this special event will particularly celebrate his work in London. The world famous Globe Theatre will be opening its doors free for the day.

The theme of St George’s Day will be to highlight some of the unique cultural gifts that England, and London in particular, have brought to the world. Shakespeare is the world’s greatest playwright, whose work has shaped arts and culture throughout our history and internationally. Traditional dancing is a distinctive part of England’s heritage, and the ceremony at the Cenotaph will commemorate all those who gave their lives to preserve the liberties we now take for granted. I hope that Londoners will enjoy all these events on St George’s Day.”

 
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