“We are not encouraging a change to the flag”

Source: The Atlantic

The Flag Institute, the U.K.’s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after the poll, the organization found itself flooded with suggested replacements for the flag.

“We are not advocating changing the flag. We are not advising changing the flag. We are not encouraging a change to the flag. We are not discouraging a change to the flag,” Charles Ashburner, the Flag Institute’s chief executive and trustee, told me. “We are simply simply here to facilitate and inform the debate if there is an appetite for such a thing.”

“As this subject has generated the largest post bag of any single subject in our history, however,” Ashburner noted, “there is clearly such an appetite.”

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2 Responses to “We are not encouraging a change to the flag”

  1. Kevin Halleran 9 March 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    The Union Flag should be changed now to show the correct blue colour as in the Scottish flag. The original Union Flag of 1606 (the King’s flag, King James of England and Scotland) displayed the lighter blue of the Scottish flag. The blue got darkened over the centuries by the Admiralty so flags would last longer. While this was frugal it was an insult to Scotland and should be corrected now.

  2. Mr S 18 July 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    I’d suggest the blue wasn’t so much darkened as enriched. this is because St Andrew got richer the more he worked with St George and St Patrick. this represents that all are richer together, and that Scotland whilst independent was not so strong in its culture, whereas when they had to repel English inroads they became stronger