Here Jeremy Corbyn marks our ‘patriotic day’ entirely appropriately, in my view as a historian. (Ignore the BTL comments.)
Something that’s often forgotten about British (or English) ‘patriotism’ is that it was originally a radical concept. ‘Patriots’ in the eighteenth century were those who championed the British people against their foreign-imposed (Norman, Hanoverian) aristocracy. Hence Dr Johnson’s famous dismissal of patriotism as ‘the last refuge of the scoundrel’. He wasn’t referring to the Daily Mail or UKIP kind. Then, towards the end of the nineteenth century, patriotism was appropriated by the Right, and in particular the imperialists, who have held on to it ever since. Perhaps we radical Brits should seize it back.
US patriotism is infused with the same feeling. Which is why we British oughtn’t to be as shocked as we often are by all those stars and stripes in American gardens.
(See how useful History can be?!)
And PS: Isn’t it interesting that multi-ethnic England should have a Turk (I think) as a patron saint. And probably a fictitious one at that.