WorldViews: Debate over English identity flares up on day honoring dragon-slaying saint

By Ishaan Tharoor, April 23, 2014

Wednesday is St George's Day, the feast day of the martyred knight who has been England's patron saint since 1350. The occasion has been marked with a Google Doodle, the ringing of bells in churches, some vigorous Morris dancing and even an "asparagus run" to welcome the harvest. But, invariably for a country built on overlapping and, at times, conflicting national identities, the annual honoring of St George has also brought out a new round of British angst and hand-wringing.

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