Flag off! Hackney yawns over saltire suggestion

HackneyTHflags: Mare St London E8 150711 © david.altheer@gmail.com
The saltire: Wikipedia-supplied pic
The saltire: Wikipedia-supplied pic

HACKNEY COUNCIL has reacted with a metaphorical Zzzzzzzz to Ed Miliband’s suggestion that town halls fly the Scottish flag.

The Labour leader’s odd idea is part of a last-minute drive by the leaders of England’s biggest political parties to save Scotland for the UK.

The council says it has not given any thought to the suggestion and does not possess a saltire (the St Andrew’s cross flag – or Bratach na h-Alba, as Gaelic-speakers have it).

The union flag would continue to reign over Mare Street, as above and below.

A Loving Dalston tip that one of the borough’s many pound shops may sell a saltire suitable for Mayor Jules Pipe to wave from the steps of the town hall, pictured, on Thursday 18 September 2014, when Scots vote in the independence referendum, was laughed off.

Opposition leader Miliband is joining PM David Cameron and his offsiderHackneyTHflagsLNick  Clegg in an unplanned trip north to counter the cleverly put propaganda of Scottish Nationalist Party chief Alex Salmond.

A poll published last weekend has given AlSal and his supporters new hope of victory.

If the nationalists win, expect celebrations in Hackney. Among Scots, the area has become known for the gay abandon of a ceilidh held every Burns Night.

David Altheer 100914 

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2 thoughts on “Flag off! Hackney yawns over saltire suggestion

  1. Thank you, Hackney council, for rejecting the pathetic flag-waving “We love Scotland attempts” but David Altheer, you have got it wrong.
    We in Scotland have been through the heaviest Downing Street propaganda campaign, “Project Fear”m, as it has been termed, that has been visited on any country in most people’s living memory.

    You must read the Irvine Welsh article in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/20/irvine-welsh-scottish-independence-glorious-failure
    The Yes fight was not about nationalism and most people voting Yes did not want separation. Wake up. Hackney.
    This grassroots movement was enabled by social media and informed via the internet. That’s what terrified the Westminster parties.

    We nearly did it. But in the end, as Michael Heseltine said while discussing the balance of power and the western world during a BBC World News Hard Talk programme, the removal of Trident from Scotland could not be allowed.

    Excellent point. You might, however, be surprised by my view, which I tried, as ever, to keep out of the story. I was just reporting the facts. – Ed.

    1. Update: the central belt of Scotland, where most of us live, is about to be fracked. This includes Edinburgh, the jewel in our crown and a world heritage site. We depend on our pure-water supply for whisky, salmon and other exports.

      Thank you for the news. Like you, I am sceptical of the frasckistas’ reassurances. Perhaps Twitter is a good medium on which to sound the alarm. – Ed.

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