Icons of England - time to vote!
FIRST it was John Major’s vision of a Britain of “long shadows on county grounds, warm beer and invincible green suburbs”. Then new Labour tried to rebrand the country as cool Britannia, promoting the merits of Blur and Britart.
Now the government is funding a list of national icons that some hope could save England from the “white van man” image of a St George’s flag stuck to the inside of a vehicle window.
The Icons Online project, which will choose items after votes from the public, will be launched tomorrow by David Lammy, the culture minister.
The symbols will focus on England rather than Britain because of a belief that the country has lost out in terms of identity in recent years to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Alice in Wonderland
Angel of the North
Cup of tea
SS Empire Windrush
Henry VIII by Hans Holbein
King James Bible
Punch and Judy
We must be able to do better than those!