Letter: Thorny question of the red rose

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Sir: I was saddened to read W. E. Brum's letter (21 April) exhorting the English to wear the 'national' emblem of the red rose on St George's Day.

This may seem insignificant, yet in an age of violent nationalism combined with increasing racist attacks on non-whites in this country, I believe it is an insensitive and inappropriate incitement.

In addition, the rose is hardly an emblem of unity in diversity - we do live in a multicultural society - am I the only one to remember that a war was fought between the red and the white roses a few centuries ago?

Yours faithfully,


Selly Oak,


21 April