Bristol City Council to its credit put up a huge English flag across the front of its offices. However, the Bristol Post asked: Should Bristol fly one of these? On the face of it, it appears that the Editor does not regard himself as having English national identity!
The piece certainly supplies an answer to the question I posed in an earlier blog here [“I wonder what they did in ‘politically correct’, Labour dominated Bristol . . . . !”].
Can you imagine any local newspaper asking such a provocative question in either Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland about their flags. The fact of the question even being expressed indicates the extent that non-English (even anti-English) insurgents are now embedded in English society!
Some of us may be forgiven for regarding it as subversive, yet another abuse of our tolerance of free speech; others that it is plain bad manners! There are those would-be sophisticates who scorn collective manifestations of national culture however moderately they are expressed. This attitude discounts the importance of national symbols, especially flags, which have a long history of providing rallying points! Perhaps it is opposition to this they would eradicate.
Whatever! It presents an opportunity for those of us who value English customs and practices to proclaim our support for our nation. We should not be deterred from rallying behind our emblems and we should embrace all others who wish to join and to support us in doing so!
Does anyone know what BBC Bristol did to mark St George’s Day? Was the Cross of St George flown atop BBC Bristol’s studios?
Images of the ‘offending’ English flag supplied by the Bristol Post. [Here’s a link to the original piece: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/St-George-s-Day-Bristol-fly/story-26377017-detail/story.html ]
Should the English flag be flown at all?