Simple Really

The culture minister, Margaret Hodge, has said she will consider a redesign of the union flag to incorporate the Welsh dragon. Her surprising commitment was made in the Commons during a debate on the frequency with which the union flag flies above public buildings.

The discussions on a new flag design bring a new dimension to Gordon Brown\’s debate about Britishness.

Hodge told MPs: "The Welsh dragon was not included on the union flag, as the principality of Wales was already united with England by 1606 when the first union flag was created. I can assure all MPs that the issue of the design of the union flag will be considered. As the current flag is formed by merging three heraldic crosses representing the three kingdoms of the UK, the original design was a challenge.

The answer is there already.

Wales is a Principality, not a Kingdom. Thus no place on the flag.

Thhhpppptttt!

 

6 comments on “Simple Really

  1. I would not want the cornish to be left out. Incorporating the flag of St.Piran would put a black edge round the stripes in keeping with the national sense of mourning for once Great Britain. The flag of St.David would enhance the effect and add a yellow streak to represent giving sovereignty to the eu. Perhaps to show solidarity with our brethren across the channel we could add the Breton flag, which is the negative of the Cornish. This combination would result in a solid black flag, which would be even more appropriate. It would be a nice background for the addition of an individual’s favourite diagram, such as the welsh dragon. To denote my level of respect for our government I would use a skull and crossbones.

  2. Another thought: how could you combine the dragon with the existing (brilliant and unimprovable) design of the three national crosses. It is like Edward Lear’s recipe for Gosky Patties.
    “Procure some cream, some slices of Cheshire cheese, four quinces of foolscap paper, and a packet of black pins. Work the whole into a paste . . .” etc.

  3. I wrote four “quinces” of paper. That is evidently a misprint in my Folio edition for “quires”.

  4. ‘Principality’ in the case of Wales is actually a misnomer these days; it was called that in the Middle Ages because the various parts of it were ruled by indiviuals called principes (Latin: chieftains, leaders). Wales was not a ‘kingdom’ only by nomenclature; being Romano-Celts, the Welsh did not use the Germanic word ‘king.’

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