It may be St George’s Day in April, but don’t expect a sea of red and white flags to be flying across the nation.
England is the least patriotic country in Europe, according to a survey that found only 10% of people would proudly display our national emblem in public.
Political correctness and fears of being branded racist because of the flag’s links with far-right groups have left folk too “scared” to fly the cross.
But, incredibly, just one in three people actually knows when St George’s Day is, the survey by This England magazine found. Editor Stephen Garnett said: “It was shocking to see the results.
“We’re disappointed English people are afraid of displaying the St George’s Cross. We want to reclaim the flag from extremists by asking as many people as possible to fly it.
“It was shocking to see the amount of people who don’t fly the flag because of fear of being judged. It was also very worrying that so many said political correctness stopped them celebrating their national pride.”
The study found most English people gave themselves 5.8 out of 10 when asked how patriotic they felt. The Dutch are Europe’s most loyal at 7.18, narrowly ahead of the Welsh on 7.06.
Four out of 10 participants said they felt England has completely lost its identity.
Source: The Mirror