As a nation, we English get on with things.
We moan about the weather, but pack our brollies. We know our train is never going to turn up, but wait for it anyway (often when we’ve forgotten our brollies).
But during the pandemic, getting on with it has left us tired, overworked and feeling a bit worse for wear. In short, we’re becoming miserable old gits.
That is until the England football team turned up, blasted through the Euros and made it to our first finals since 1966.
At the time of writing, the nation is buzzing: enamoured with Kane and Sterling, overcome with beating Germany, blown away by Grealish’s calves. Our boys have done the unthinkable. What’s more, we’re proud.
To mark the occasion of a possible win, 320,000 Brits have signed a petition on the government’s website, asking for a one-off bank holiday should England win. Now, we don’t want to jinx anything, or apply even more pressure to our boys, but that is collective spirit.
And it’s what Blighty feeds off. Not to say we haven’t got our problems, oh no. But with every England triumph we’ve come ever closer to a state of sweet harmony: Bob the racist hugging the brown guy, North shaking hands with South. Tories… nevermind.
Started by marketing manager Lee Jones, the petition was set up in good faith: by the people, for the people.
“English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues,” he told the BBC.
Asked his opinion, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that granting a bank holiday before we’ve even won would be “tempting fate”. But even if we don’t, it’s the taking part that counts, right?