While St Andrew’s Day and St Patrick’s Day are national holidays in Scotland and in Northern Ireland respectively, St George’s Day in England and St David’s Day in Wales are not.
In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St David’s Day to become a bank holiday, despite a poll revealing that 87 per cent of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday. School children used to be given a half-day holiday, and in some parts of Wales, this tradition continues. Now, Mark Williams, the deputy leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, will speak in the House of Commons to bid for a new law allowing the Welsh government to create the new bank holiday.
The Scottish Parliament made St Andrew’s Day a national holiday almost a decade ago. Recent support for the idea of a national holiday on St George’s Day, 23rd April, has been growing and has been discussed in the Commons every year since 2006.
What are your views? Do you think St George’s Day and St David’s should be made national holidays? Would you support this or do you think we have more than enough bank holidays already?