Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fly the Flag Campaign

2010 is a propitious year for Wales and an opportunity to stimulate and raise the national consciousness.
Not for nothing do countries such as the United States and the Philippines hold flag raising ceremonies. Not for nothing does Wales have its own national anthem, shared by the nation of Brittany. Several years ago it was difficult to spot the Cornish flag in the Cornish landscape fluttering in the breeze but now it is to be seen more and more as people are motivated to assert their identity. Similarly in Wales the Red Dragon is flown outside public buildings and across the countryside. It is often accompanied by the flag of Glyndwr and the flag of Saint David.

In Scotland the saltire of Saint Andrew is ubiquitous. It is often flown there in preference to the Union flag which is rapidly losing its lustre and appeal. The Saltire represents the aspiration of the Scottish people to take charge of their own affairs and progress towards full independence. The union flag is not representative in any case and emphasises the fact that Wales virtually ceased to exist after the Act of Incorporation 1536 when it was annexed and subsumed into England. It represents the colonisation by England of its neighbours. This flag  has no relevance to Wales. However, "Y Ddraig Goch" flies for Cymru.

In the Republic of Ireland you would have to search far and wide to find a union flag anywhere in the land. It is never flown and for good reason. Only in the north of the country is it to be seen, where Irish unionists continue to believe that their future is best served by the British state. There is another point of view and that is that it is only a matter of time before the country of Ireland is united. This possibility is fiercely resisted by the Orangemen and women, but the Irish flag represents the Green and the Orange parties and already symbolises the unity which Ireland needs to fully realise the dreams of the heroes of the revolution.


We are in an Election Year and flying the flag will help to make the difference.

A Big Red Meltdown, here and here

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