Apparently the government of a country shouldn’t use the national flag

Three things irk.

First, the national flag is not the Tories’ to appropriate for their own use.

Second, to suggest that it is, as they imply, sows division on this issue, which cannot be helpful in any way, unless division is their aim.

Third, the instruction that the UK nation’s own flags must be flown subordinate to the Union Jack is an uncouth indication of continuing colonial intent.

Sigh.

20 thoughts on “Apparently the government of a country shouldn’t use the national flag”

  1. I thought the Hammer and Sickle, or perhaps the Swastika, had gone out of fashion.

    But maybe he means the flags of the continuing hordes of invaders should be flown instead.

  2. He is fine with the EU flag and the Scottish flag. It is the Union Jack and the Cross of St George he has problems with.

  3. Sam Jones

    Spot on – a more cynical (And desperate) figure would be hard to find. Truly dreadful stuff from someone who seems to plumb fresh depths on a daily basis

  4. Second, to suggest that it is, as they imply

    You can almost see him wriggling as he thumped that. ‘Suggest’, ‘imply’.

  5. He should go and look at how other countries display flags. It’s always nation – state/canton/département/region/Bundesland/whatever – local in that order of precedence. It’s nothing special that the UK does…

  6. And would flying the EU flag in precedence not likewise signify colonial intent, or is this classic stump thinking again?

  7. “He should go and look at how other countries display flags. ”

    On everything, in my experience. Even the police dog’s kennel.

    Although I do reckon it shows a degree of lack of confidence. No, the UK – or more particularly England – has never made a big thing of flying national flags. It’s England. We are English. We don’t need to prove it to anyone. Their opinion is not of any importance.

  8. “ BiW, Irish Gaelic for Professor Potato.”

    No doubt the Welsh for it is a similar selection of random letters…

  9. When I was in Munich, the locals were very proud that they were Bavarian (FreiStaat Bayern!), with the State flag everywhere, including on the beer.
    Nowt to do with confidence, or lack of. They love their city and their state and are proud to show it. They’re not so much fussed about the rest of Germany though, it could as well be another country for them.

  10. also used in the BMW logo, though trademark law forbid the use of the flag for commercial purposes at the time

  11. ‘It’s England. We are English. We don’t need to prove it to anyone. Their opinion is not of any importance’

    I do like the attitude expressed here BiS.

  12. Some-one wants to tell the food packing industry that covering British meat and veg is unsettling a Tesco customer in Ely.
    I like the Scottish supermarkets which put Saltires on black pudding, rapeseed oil, biscuits et al, and Union Jacks on stuff which is British but not Scottish. By subtraction you can work out what’s English if it matters enough to know.

  13. I don’t know who started this flag branch of the culture war. But they can fuck off. I miss the good old days when veneration of flag was the official marker of someone being too far gone to have a sensible conversation with. About anything. And the rest of us were ok with that because most of the afflicted were American and we didn’t want to talk to them anyway.

  14. They’re [Bavarians] not so much fussed about the rest of Germany though, it could as well be another country for them.

    The feeling is very much mutual:
    “A strange fellow, your Bavarian; halfway between an Austrian and a human being.”
    Otto von Bismarck (allegedly)

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