So the Radio Two presenters felt moved to add whenever they mentioned yesterday's "Bank Holiday". (Only in Britain do we have pointless celebrations of the mere fact that the banks are on holiday, which is why only in Britain are all sorts of things routinely open on public holidays. If our holidays celebrated people, or events, or Patron Saints, or what have you, then they would no more be something close to normal working days than Christmas Day is.)
But the apparent lack of demand for public transport on Boxing Day even in Scotland (where it is not a public holiday) fed the mounting perception that in practice the Scots now take all the English public holidays along with their own. Especially, I have to say, in the public sector, just how many people actually turned up to work in Scotland yesterday? More than on Boxing Day. But even so.