Friday, July 06, 2007
Yes, but which one, Gordon?
The Union flag was flying across Whitehall yesterday in a display of national solidarity against terrorism.
Gordon Brown, we learn, has ordered that all government buildings should fly the flag as a patriotic gesture to help create a new sense of Britishness. No 10 Downing Street, the Treasury, Revenue and Customs, and the Departments of Culture and Health were among those that had hoisted the flag by yesterday.
An official "direction" has now gone out that all Government buildings that have flag poles should fly the flag 365 days a year. Symbols such as flags, we are told, could help to embody a national culture and citizenship: "The Union flag is one of the most recognisable symbols of the UK."
However, now that the European Union, under the treaty-to-be, is to abandon the appellation "Community" and adopt universally the term "Union", that detested "ring of stars" will also become the "union flag".
And, given the growing evidence of Europhilia in the Brown team, and Gordon's refusal to give an inch on the growing calls for a referendum, one really does wonder which flag our new prime minister really has in mind.
That apart, his token "patriotic gesture" fits ill with his apparent enthusiasm for giving away more powers to the European Union. If he was being at all honest (silly me!) he should be ordering the "ring of stars" to be flown from every government building.