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Government urges us to drink for Britain

Published:  15 September, 2008

The Government is urging the public to celebrate its Britishness by going down the pub.

The Government is urging the public to celebrate its Britishness by going down the pub.

Immigration minister Liam Byrne has published a pamphlet which lists "drinking" as one of 27 ways in which we should celebrate Prime Minister Gordon Brown's proposed annual British bank holiday.

The news is sure to be welcomed by the struggling pub trade, which is currently undergoing something of a crisis. Recent figures suggest that pubs are closing at a rate of five per day.

Meanwhile Brown has come under fire for the proposed bank holiday, with opposition politicians accusing the Scot of coming up with the idea as a tactic to win over English voters who regard him as being "too Scottish".

The pamphlet, entitled A more united Britain, also lists morris dancing and street carnivals as ways to celebrate British heritage. If Brown's proposals go ahead, "British" day is likely to take place on the second bank holiday in May.