Union flag: storm in a flowery teacup?

Over in Letterkenny the local radio station has been playing host to a minor controversy we thought was the sole occupation of those of us on the other side of the border. When officials from 12 countries came to judge the town’s entry for the Entente Florale competition, some local people objected to the flying of the Union flag as part of a tribute to the visiting group. Gregory Campbell from the DUP was quick to seize on the story. Yet as one local wryly noted to Slugger: “We’re talking a handful of objectors. Indeed, there would be more people objecting to the flag flying in Gregory’s own constituency than out here”. Ah, the joys of the silly season!

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Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty