English bosses support St. George's Day bank holiday

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English company owners and Directors are supporting the call for a bank holiday on St. George's Day, 23 April. According to campaigners at the St. George Unofficial Bank Holiday, bosses would prefer the May Day bank holiday to be moved to 23 April instead of the UK government's suggestion of October.

The UK government are consulting the public on moving the May Day bank holiday to either St. George's Day (23 April) or Trafalgar Day/UK Day (October).

The government's preferred date is October. They claim company owners and Directors in England are against the idea of a bank holiday in April, they state the concentration of bank holidays in March and April is bad for commerce and the economy.

The St. George Unofficial Bank Holiday (St George UBH), a pressure group that campaigns for greater recognition of St. George's Day and a bank holiday on 23 April, decided to contact bosses in England and ask their opinion. They asked 3 questions:

1) Will you lose business if all companies in England have a bank holiday on 23 April?
2) What effect will a bank holiday on St. George's Day have on staff morale?
3) As a parent or Uncle/Aunt are you concerned about the demise of English culture, heritage and values if we don't have a day of celebration?

The results may be disappointing for the UK government as many were strongly in favour of moving the May Day bank holiday to St. George's Day. Graham Smith, Campaign Organiser for St George UBH, is not surprised. "The government forgets that in the evening and weekends bosses are parents, aunts and uncles. They are as concerned as the rest of us about the erosion of English culture and heritage."

A selection of comments from 12 company owners and Directors are available on the St. George UBH website, go to http://www.stgeorgesholiday.com/bosses

Graham is also critical of the government's proposal of Trafalgar Day or a UK Day. "Trafalgar Day celebrates a British rather than an English victory, and Lord Nelson was having an affair with a married woman and fiercely opposed the abolition of slavery."

On the subject of a UK Day he is also sceptical, "It's difficult to envisage many Catholics in Northern Ireland wanting to celebrate UK Day and waving Union Jacks, likewise I think there will be limited celebrations in Scotland particularly as the SNP are calling for Scottish independence."

The St. George UBH have sent their findings to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the government's pre-consultation on moving the May Day bank holiday.

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