Why, at the age of forty-two, is Salma Yaqoob only now bothering to find our about the culture of the United Kingdom?
Did she pass through forty-two previous St Patrick's Day celebrations entirely incurious as to their origin and cultural significance?
This is according to the Guardian "the most prominent Muslim woman in British public life".
Not a very good advertisement for the effectiveness of multi-culturalism that such a "prominent" BME person could be so ignorant of her Irish neighbours (there are more people of Irish descent in the United Kingdom than in the whole of the Irish republic).
Presumably she is equally ignorant about St David's Day, St Andrew's Day and St George's Day.