Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Our attitude to Union flag is a misguided one

WHERE have all the flags gone? On a two-day trip to England, I don't recall seeing one Union flag.

Is England not British? Or do we in Northern Ireland have a distorted view of what it means to be British?

When I pointed this out on Twitter, it generated a uniform response, indicating that our view on flags was somewhat distorted.

Our flag-waving version of what it is to be British seems more akin to 1914. Is there any way we can adopt a more British attitude to being British, where a flag is not a territorial marker for 'our' side?

UNIONIST

Belfast

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