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Friday, October 21, 2005

St George Is Definitely Cross

I don't know whether you've read the papers recently, but one report concerning the banning of prison officers from wearing Cross of St. George tie pins has caused a bit of a stir.

"We were concerned to see a number of staff wearing a flag of St George tiepin. While we were told that these had been bought in support of a cancer charity, there was clear scope for misinterpretation.''

However, the notion that the St George's Cross is a Right-wing or racist symbol has been challenged in recent months, not least by David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, now Work and Pensions Secretary. He said the English national flag should be reclaimed from the far Right and proudly worn as a "patriotic mantle".

Brian Caton, the general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association said: "If the only problem the chief inspector found was tiepins carrying the Cross of St George - which is, after all, the English national flag - then there can't be a lot wrong with Wakefield prison."

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
"There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England".

George Orwell (1903-1950) - English author
"In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman, and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true, that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during "God Save the King" than stealing from a poor box".

I wonder how many other nations ban their citizens from displaying their national flag?

It seems like the powers that be in the UK allow the displaying of any flag except that of England. How can that be right?


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