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The Jelly-Bellied Flag Flapper plans in full.

Scottish public buildings allowed to fly the Saltire whenever they want - Times Online

PUBLIC buildings in Scotland will be allowed to fly the Saltire year-round following a government climbdown in response to pressure from nationalists.

UK ministers will this week announce the lifting of restrictions on flag flying that have been in force since 1924. The rules stipulate that the Union Jack must must take precedence over all national flags on 18 days each year.


Jobcentres to fly Union Jack - Times Online
Public buildings, including job centres, schools and hospitals, are to be encouraged to fly the union jack and other national flags to boost national identity.

Ministers will this week announce the lifting of restrictions on flag flying that have been in force since 1924. They will allow public buildings to erect flagpoles and fly the union jack and national flags, including the cross of St George, the Saltire of Scotland and the red dragon of Wales every day.

At present, flying national flags from public buildings is restricted to 18 days a year, which include the Queen’s birthday and Remembrance Day.


I'm not sure The Times understands the rules as a they are at the moment, and of course scrapping a bunch of rules is nearly always good news but the jelly-bellied flag-flapping is a mere frippery and to have been constantly representing it as the answer to Gordon's desire for us to forget he is Scottish, sorry I meant to say, to have been constantly representing it as the answer to the lack of Britishness shows the shallow paucity of Labour's imagination.,

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I wonder if Gordon wants people to know that Jobcentre Plus offices are owned and managed by a company called Trillium. It will be up to them to decide whether or not to fly the flag and anyway how many Jobcentres have flagpoles?

The report says something about "other national flags". You can bet your life that the EU flag will be there probably flown at a slightly higher level than the national flag.

In fact, as MarkS points out above, all this ballyhoo is just a quiet way of dropping the planing requirements for flag-flying, which have been used by some stout bulldogs to stop various Quisling town councils from flying the "Crown of Thorns" flag on their civic buildings.

The old rule classified "non-national" flags - ie anything except the Union Flag - as advertisements which required planning permission. The Quislings didn't know this (or did, but thought nobody else did), so didn't bother applying for the permission, and thus left themselves open to legal requests to remove said Crown-of-Thorns, which actually happened in quite a few cases.

Now, things are different - flags are welcome. And guess which one will be most prominently displayed?

Yup, guessed it in one, the good old Crown of Thorns. And now we can't tell them to get rid of it any more.

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