Peace in our time required among warring flag factions

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First published in News

PATRIOTISM can invigorate a nation or shame a state. The nation rejoiced in the success of our athletes as the Olympics came to our shores, with Union flags decorating towns and cities across the country.

On the other hand, the St George’s cross has often been claimed by far-right jingoistic groups for whom being English is to denounce multiculturalism.

With standards proving so emotive, it is no surprise that Christopher Bishop’s flagpole has caused a stir at his housing association home.

But, among the prejudices and emotions, common sense has to prevail.

Here is a veteran who was willing to dedicate his time and, if called upon, his life for Queen and country.

He signed up to the Royal Green Jackets and was willing to fight for the Union flag that he now proudly flies in his garden.

With the Fallen at the forefront of many people’s minds with the centenary of the First World War and the 60th anniversary of D-Day this year, we must remember the sacrifice servicemen made or were willing to make.

In that context, the housing association should see sense and allow Mr Bishop his flag.

But he also must realise, and his patriotic stance over the Union jack suggests he does, that all flags are much more than cloth and dye. They can make a grown-man cry or strike fear into someone.

There has to be some vetting process of what he decides to fly to ensure the outrage he feels at being denied his flag is not matched by those offended by some of the standards he chooses to bear.

As a veteran, he should realise that a peaceful resolution is the best way forward.

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9:11pm Sat 30 Aug 14

rogerjwise says...

i suggest some research may be the order of the day.
i suggest some research may be the order of the day. rogerjwise
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8:18pm Sun 31 Aug 14

conman cam says...

someone should check their facts I think the offending flag was neither union flag UKIP or Isreali but a flag for EDL and considering there are at least 15 nationalities living in Evans Lane and a playing field used by a lot of youths from all over the county he can expect to be told to remove it
someone should check their facts I think the offending flag was neither union flag UKIP or Isreali but a flag for EDL and considering there are at least 15 nationalities living in Evans Lane and a playing field used by a lot of youths from all over the county he can expect to be told to remove it conman cam
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2:03pm Tue 2 Sep 14

captainscarlet1965 says...

conman cam wrote:
someone should check their facts I think the offending flag was neither union flag UKIP or Isreali but a flag for EDL and considering there are at least 15 nationalities living in Evans Lane and a playing field used by a lot of youths from all over the county he can expect to be told to remove it
The EDL is a recongnised street demonstration group its his right to fly any flag as long as its not a swastika . after all its not a neo Nazi group. js cos your political beliefs differ from his . its from my understanding that the EDL is pro british ,pro gay rights , pro jewish pro black . and pro freedom so what is your gripe sir
[quote][p][bold]conman cam[/bold] wrote: someone should check their facts I think the offending flag was neither union flag UKIP or Isreali but a flag for EDL and considering there are at least 15 nationalities living in Evans Lane and a playing field used by a lot of youths from all over the county he can expect to be told to remove it[/p][/quote]The EDL is a recongnised street demonstration group its his right to fly any flag as long as its not a swastika . after all its not a neo Nazi group. js cos your political beliefs differ from his . its from my understanding that the EDL is pro british ,pro gay rights , pro jewish pro black . and pro freedom so what is your gripe sir captainscarlet1965
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2:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

captainscarlet1965 says...

conman cam wrote:
someone should check their facts I think the offending flag was neither union flag UKIP or Isreali but a flag for EDL and considering there are at least 15 nationalities living in Evans Lane and a playing field used by a lot of youths from all over the county he can expect to be told to remove it
so con man as your name is so apt you need to check your facts my friend cos from my understanding this is still a free country with a right to express your beliefs , religious rights and opinion . don't assume and don't make judgements about something you obviously know nothing about . your a bigot . Equal rights and freedom are for everyone not for people who stick to what is al is not P.C and how do you know it was an EDL Flag that was complained about were you the person who hid behind your curtain like the coward you are . its a FREE COUNTRY for everyone. no matter what creed colour or religion . you might want to read the magna carter
[quote][p][bold]conman cam[/bold] wrote: someone should check their facts I think the offending flag was neither union flag UKIP or Isreali but a flag for EDL and considering there are at least 15 nationalities living in Evans Lane and a playing field used by a lot of youths from all over the county he can expect to be told to remove it[/p][/quote]so con man as your name is so apt you need to check your facts my friend cos from my understanding this is still a free country with a right to express your beliefs , religious rights and opinion . don't assume and don't make judgements about something you obviously know nothing about . your a bigot . Equal rights and freedom are for everyone not for people who stick to what is al is not P.C and how do you know it was an EDL Flag that was complained about were you the person who hid behind your curtain like the coward you are . its a FREE COUNTRY for everyone. no matter what creed colour or religion . you might want to read the magna carter captainscarlet1965
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2:19pm Tue 2 Sep 14

captainscarlet1965 says...

LOL SO LADIES AND GENTLEMAN WE NOW KNOW WHO THE CULPRIT IS THAT COMPLAINED . COS HOW WOULD THEY KNOW WHICH FLAG IT WAS . NOT VERY BRIGHT CONMAN CAM ARE YOU !!!! GRASS , SNITCH . COWARD . I HOPE MR BISHOP FINDS OUT WHO YOU ARE, YOUR A DISGRACE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY THE MAN SERVED HIS COUNTRY. you have js been outted
LOL SO LADIES AND GENTLEMAN WE NOW KNOW WHO THE CULPRIT IS THAT COMPLAINED . COS HOW WOULD THEY KNOW WHICH FLAG IT WAS . NOT VERY BRIGHT CONMAN CAM ARE YOU !!!! GRASS , SNITCH . COWARD . I HOPE MR BISHOP FINDS OUT WHO YOU ARE, YOUR A DISGRACE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY THE MAN SERVED HIS COUNTRY. you have js been outted captainscarlet1965
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