A White Paper is being launched suggesting flying the Union Jack all year round. In another Britishness Brown moment (though one of the saner ones) the proposal to relax restrictions on when government buildings can fly the flag is planned to boost Britishness.
Apparently the flags of the individual nations may also be flown as well. And the Union flag will no longer take precedence over the individual national flags. This of course means that in UK buildings in Scotland the Saltire and Union Jack will fly side by side, whilst on Scottish government buildings only the Scottish flag will fly. In England, where we have of course no government buildings to fly the Cross of St George from, it would be nice to see it flying from public buildings, but will it really?
Let us hope so, but I can’t help feeling somehow this will end up with England being made to fly the British flag, and Scotland and Wales being allowed to fly their own flags. Call me a cynic, but this is how Brown’s Britishness normally works.
The good news is that this is only public buildings, all the rest of us can fly our national flag, the Cross of St George, with pride.