Friday, 12 October 2012

Fun with flags

I smiled as I read the report in Monday's Western Daily Press that in his wisdom, Eric Pickles MP, UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has seen fit to relax the flag flying laws. This means:
“The flag of any island, county, district, borough, burgh, parish, city, town or village within the United Kingdom; and the flag of the Black Country, East Anglia, Wessex, any Part of Lincolnshire, any Riding of Yorkshire or any historic county within the United Kingdom.” enshrined in the law of the land. A pity Northumbria and Mercia are not mentioned - not that'll stop ardent Northumbrians and Mercians!

I see this as a begrudging nod to the growing regionalist trend in England - we're HERE! Bloodied but unbowed. Let this be the start of the great decentralist revolution. Forward to a devolved England. Forward to a world of 100,000 flags!