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union-flag.jpgNo, this is not about the UK’s ill-fated Eurovision Song Contest entry by Scootch, good as it was! (Not) It’s about PM Gordon Brown’s alleged new found pride in the Union Flag. He who would seek to play down his overt Scottishness declares…

The Union Flag is one of the most recognisable symbols in the world," he said in his first Commons statement as Prime Minister. "In other countries it is regarded as a source of pride."

His pledge to abolish restrictions on flying the flag as part of a package of measures designed to create a "new consensus, a more effective democracy and a stronger sense of shared national purpose".

Looking forward to seeing the Union Flag flown from every Government building here in Northern Ireland for 365 days a year. Cheers Gordon – a great boost so close to the 12th July. Lovin’ ya! 

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9 thoughts on “FLYING THE FLAG!

  1. Gordon is talking about Britain when he goes on about Britishness. No mention of Northern Ireland in his keynote speech on Britishness.

    He does use the word "Britain" 46 times though.

  2. Typical pc crap. People should get over themselves, not be so precious and willing to be offended. Never figured you for one of the pc brigade, David.

  3. ‘No mention of Northern Ireland in his keynote speech on Britishness’

    No mention of Wiltshire,either. At Prime Minister’s Questions today Brown clearly indicated to Gregory Campbell of the DUP that Northern Ireland is very much included in this whole Britishness thing.

  4. Ross

    Do you think that Gordon Brown will repeal the current legislation regarding the flying of the Union Jack from Govt buildings in NI?

    I hope you’re not a betting man. One of the few globally acknowledged achievements of Blair’s govt was the establishment of the devolved assembly in NI.

    Do you really think that Brown will risk upsetting the apple cart in NI by introducing a divisive and controversial change – somehow I don’t think so.

  5. Gordon is talking about Britain when he goes on about Britishness. No mention of Northern Ireland in his keynote speech on Britishness

    Garfield,

    Gordon,in an earlier speech, clarified that point:

    Indeed a multinational state, with England, Scotland, Wales and now Northern Ireland we are a country united not so much by race or ethnicity but by shared values that have shaped shared institutions

  6. ..and NOW Northern Ireland ?

    Have I missed something. Surely Northern Ireland is not a new addition to the UK.

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