Yes, that’s right, we’re getting an extra bank holiday in 2012 (I know, a little bit of a wait still) as a result of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The bank holiday will be on the 5th of June and the Whitsun bank Holiday will be moved to the 4th of June to give a nice long 4 day weekend; I’m sure the parents will be pleased!
Lord Mandelson said it would be a “truly historic occasion” which would allow the British people to show their “pride and affection” for The Queen. I’ll be honest, I won’t be showing my pride and affection for the Queen, I’ll be enjoying the day off work, quite possibly in a pub. I’ll join in any cheer for the Queen should it so happen.
As always though, we can’t just get an extra holiday without a bit of controversy: Republic, which supports an elected head of state in the UK, said 2012 should see a “meaningful debate” on the future of the monarchy and proposals for “serious reform”.
If we want an extra public holiday, aren’t there better dates to choose from?
Armistice Day would be a good start, recognising those ordinary men and women who make real sacrifices for our country.
– spokesman Graham Smith