Eric Pickles reacted with fury last night after being ordered by Brussels to fly the EU flag continuously over Whitehall.Whilst I suspect it's only civil servants playing at gold plating a regulation in order to stretch a regulation over as much territory as possible, it simply will end up winding people up seeing the flag of tyranny flying anywhere.
The Cabinet Minister said the demand showed a ‘deep sense of political insecurity’ and called on the European Union to ‘grow up’.
Mr Pickles is currently obliged to fly the flag – a circle of 12 golden stars on an azure background – for a week each year, starting from Europe Day on May 9.
But under the proposed change, drafted by the European Commission and due to take effect within the next two years, the flag would have to fly permanently outside any organisation which managed development funding from Brussels.
Under the new rules, Mr Pickles, who is Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, could even face being fined by the EU if he fails to comply.When the proposal landed on his desk Mr Pickles erupted because civil servants advised that, as drafted, it would mean more than 1,000 bodies being forced to comply, including Cambridge University, Jamie Oliver’s 15 restaurant in Cornwall and The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, known as the ‘home of snooker’.
I'm never quite sure if the EUphiles actually know just how disliked the EU is by ordinary people, sure it's not exactly high on their lists of dislikes, but it's still their and it rankles as and when people become aware of its influence on anything affecting their lives. It's almost as if they think that putting up symbols will somehow or other make us change our minds, as unlikely as that seems. There seems to be almost no indifference to the EU (as much as EUphiles would like to think) you either like it or you hate it.
Most of us hate it...
But sadly we're not the ones in power and you have saps like Cameron who have to pretend to hate it in order to dupe people into voting for him.