Letter: Mayday for May Day

7th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

While agreeing with Cole Morton's wish to retain the May Day holiday Comment, 5 March, I didn't find his explanation convincing. Early socialists Ruskin, Morris, Sharp etc in reaching back to the world of Old England, were reaching back to a world of goodness and holiness, of purity and health, where the values of community were nurtured and cherished. These values are greatly at variance with the values that Morton extols: the values of 19th-century liberalism with its emphasis on the freedom of the individual, which so infects our contemporary culture. The "highly marketable" product he recommends for the good of our souls may appeal to New Labour, but has little relevance for the traditional left or indeed the Burkean right.Ron BenteEmsworth, HampshireMay DayBritish identity and societyCommunitiesguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions More Feeds

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