A champion of right rather than might, St George should belong to the people, not their overlords, says Jonathan Bartley. This, not nationalism, is what a true patriotism is about – commitment to "another country" where all have a place, not just those with the power.
Today is St George's day. It is spun out of myth, but the myth is important. The day has 'traditionally' been seen as affirming Empire and an exclusive English identity. But that is a gross misrepresentation, when you examine the story.
A new painting of St George by Scott Norwood Witts, which depicts the saint as a man of compassion rather than a crusader, is to be unveiled at the Catholic Cathedral of St George, Southwark, to mark the saint’s day next week.