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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy Birthday to the UK

Today marks the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between England and Scotland, which created the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. Bizarrely, there is no mention of this on the BBC News website, and the Government has not initiated the great celebrations that may be expected in most countries.

The EEC (now subsumed by the EU) celebrated its 50th birthday on 25th March, to much celebration in the Independent, who published their 50 reasons to love the EU, but seems to have ignored today's significance. So if we're supposed to ignore our Englishness on St Georgest Day, and our Britishness on the brithday of our united country, what are we? Of course, we are now all part of our EU-friendly homogenised region, "the south east". Doesn't it make you pround?!

UPDATE: I've now found that the BBC magazine website is running a quiz. Still, it doesn't really recognise the significance of a 300 year birthday!

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