So it might be thought that politicians wanting to preserve the Union which has endured for over 300 years would steer clear of that sort of thing. But that thought would have been misplaced in the case of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his cabinet of nodding dogs, who have decided on a campaign to ram the Union Flag down the throats of those ungrateful provincials north of the border.
This less than wonderful news was trumpeted by out-of-touch pundit Christopher “No” Hope of the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, telling “Boris Johnson to stamp major Scottish projects funded by UK Government with Union flag … The union flag will replace the European Union symbol, which has been used to denote when a bridge or road has been directly funded by Brussels from next year, when Britain has finally left the rules and regulations of the EU”. And who is behind this silliness?
“The plan has been signed off by the new Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, Scottish secretary Alister Jack and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove. Mr Ross [said] that Tories north of the border needed to be ‘unashamed of our investment in Scotland’”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, this is a false equivalence.
The EU flag symbolises a club of nations working together by respect and consent. The Union Flag, on the other hand, all too easily comes over as a stamp of imposition - of what London has decreed. And Two, the very nature of the decision to stamp the Union Flag on future projects in Scotland merely reinforces the impression of imposition, being taken without reference to the devolved Government at Holyrood.
When Douglas Ross asserts “If they could have an EU flag on it, why not have the United Kingdom flag on it to show that here is an example of our two governments in Scotland, working together” he misses the key point that this all-important symbolism has been decided upon by the two Governments not working together at all.
Just how spiffing an idea this is can be seen by The National’s headline “Boris Johnson to plaster Union flag across UK-funded schemes in Scotland” and their article concluding with this reminder: “The news comes as yet another poll showed majority support for Scottish independence. YouGov put backing for self-determination on 53% after two Panelbase surveys put the figure at 54%. Some 57% of Scots also plan to vote SNP at next year’s Scottish Parliament election”. Which would give the SNP a majority at Holyrood.
Ms Sturgeon cheers on another Bozo own goal
Bozo The Clown has already alienated many in Northern Ireland’s Unionist community, and effectively made it a semi-detached part of the UK. Now he’s putting a few more points on the support for Scottish independence. Worse, clueless pundits like Hope are cheering him on, oblivious to political reality outside the Westminster bubble.
Nicola Sturgeon will be wielding her clicky pen with renewed confidence this morning.
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