The government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will not recognise the day of the Eurovision grand final as a national holiday.
That’s the rather unsurprising news coming out of Parliament after a petition from Eurovision fans was summarily rejected.
The petition, which is posted on the Parliamentary petition web site, suggests that Eurovision could bring people together at a time the country is marred in political and social division. It reads as follows:
“Make the day of the Eurovision Song Contest final a national holiday.”
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a celebration of European culture and history. The U.K. should aim to to be as involved as possible in order to promote European integration, cooperation and peace, at a time of great political strife and division in Europe.”
“Last year, over 180 million people worldwide viewed the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The host country, Portugal was able to showcase their culture, art, history and modern image. By making it a national holiday, we will increase participation and interest in the contest, thereby increasing education about modern Europe and celebration of European culture among the population, as well as potentially getting the opportunity to present the UK ‘s culture if we win.”
Parliament was unmoved, rejecting the petition and pointing out one rather big flaw in logic: Eurovision isn’t held on a working day, so no holiday is needed. People can party all they want.
“It’s not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.”
“Petitions need to call on the UK Government or Parliament to take a specific action.”
“The final of Eurovision is traditionally held on a Saturday. We are therefore not sure what action you would like the UK Government or Parliament to take.”
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#Eurovision fans in the UK petitioned Parliament to make the day of the Eurovision final a national holiday. Parliament rejected the idea and got sassy in response: "The final of Eurovision is traditionally held on a Saturday. We are therefore not sure what action you would like the UK Government or Parliament to take." ???