Thursday, 1 August 2013

What's in a Name?

Quite a lot actually, especially when it's for a child who is set to become the constitutional monarch of a realm comprised of several ancient kingdoms and principalities, one of which is due to vote in a referendum on independence in September next year. For the benefit of anyone who hadn't noticed, 'George' is the name of the patron saint of England. Not of Scotland, nor of Wales, nor Ireland for that matter. It's a great name, of course, and Georges V and VI, at least, appear to have put barely a foot wrong, not unlike our own much-loved and respected Queen Elizabeth II. However, in the current political context of the referendum on Scottish independence next year, alongside all the many and various things to recommend it, it has one or two niggling difficulties, shall we say.

Still, it could have been worse. 'Edward Longshanks' or 'Jimmy Savile' are two examples that come to mind, and there are probably others.  

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