Now you might have found it in various other places, but essentially that was it.
In the last few years we have seen a resurgence in the concept of an English identity. This has been driven largely by the combination of marketing and the slow realisation that the other nations of the United Kingdom were getting a great shot in the arm from central government, but England was the nation that dared not speak its name.
For some odd reason the concept of English nationalism was percived to be bad, whilst all others ae in their own way percieved to be healthy. But now, whenever the England team is out there, anywhere in the world, be that Rugby, Cricket, Football and so on the need to display allegiance seems to be ever stronger.
And no bad thing. So why does the flag rile so?
Well it isn't the flag per se. Not a bit of it. As simple a piece of heraldy one can hardly find. It has a purity of form that works asthetically, and it does indeed stand as a representative to much that I find dear. No it isn't that at all. What rankles is the great quantity of flags that seem to think we are utterly stupid.
For pities sake. We know that it is the flag of England. It is our ruddy flag after all. So why on earth is it necessary to scribble England across it? Do the Scots deface the Saltire? Does old Glory require a verbal reminder?
As every car goes past with these things fluttering away I wince. As I pass by each and every pub it annoys.
I just don't understand the need. Can somebody please enlighten me?