Fly the flag in the face of terror (except in Northern Ireland)…

THE Sun is urging the Great British Public to follow the new Prime Minister’s call to fly the Union flag on every government building by waving their own as “the gesture would help create a new sense of Britishness. And send a message to extremists that the nation will not be beaten”. Of course, Gordo’s appeal to the patriotic doesn’t include her majesty’s most loyal subjects in Norn Iron, who have a little more experience of extremism than most – but legally restricted to flying said flag to a handful of days a year. Paisley Junior is perturbed, while – somewhat ironically – the unionist News Letter identifies the cynicism in Brown wrapping himself in the flag. Brown seems to be trying to follow America after the 9/11 attacks, when the Stars and Stripes were displayed absolutely everywhere, to promote unity in the face of terror. I happened to be Stateside just after the attacks and thought it was a tad OTT then, and I still do… Sunny Hundal offers his considered response to Brown’s stunt over at comment is free.