No British flag on ID card shock – who cares?

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The British government has unveiled the design of its ID card and shock horror, it doesn’t have a British flag on it.  Instead, it will have four symbols to represent the four nations (the British government’s words) of the UK.
There was a suggestion that it would have the European Empire’s ring of stars on it but no, it’s not going ot have any flag on.  Apparently, it was thought that the butchers apron might upset the Irish.  Diddums.  The British Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, says that Northern Irish people will be able to have an ID card that says they’re Irish instead of British.  That’ll please the Scots and Welsh.  Will English people be able to get an ID card that says they’re English?
Personally I don’t care what they put on the ID card (although the recognition of England as a nation by this English-hating British government is welcome) because I won’t be having one.  I won’t be having one when they’re voluntary and if the dishonest Tories stay true to form and don’t abolish ID cards when they get into power, I won’t be having one when they’re compulsary.

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  1. Wyrdtimes (31 comments) says:

    Well said. Nor me.

  2. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    My understanding is that other than in Northern Ireland, we won’t have choice but to be classed as British. In the case of the six counties, it looks like damage limitation. Though if they were that keen on limiting damage they’d quietly drop the plastic poll tax down a deep well.

  3. axel (1214 comments) says:

    will you lot have your 3 lions?

    we’ll get the rampant?

    welsh will get the dragon?

  4. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Charlie, I reckon there’s a Human Rights Act breach in that. The Northern Irish get the right to identify their nationality of choice but the rest of the UK can’t? The Human Rights Act says you have the right to display the badges and symbols of your nationality and to choose your own nationality.

    Axel, I believe we have a rose. I expect your lot will get the thistle as that rampant lion your compatriots wrap themselves in is actually illegal to use without permission of the Crown as it’s a a royal standard. The Welsh will probably get a dragon and the paddies … who knows? The harp probably.

  5. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    HRA breach? Possibly if the card was compulsory to carry, but this won’t be the case as it will now be a voluntary scheme (for how long, I wonder?).

    If you’ve seen the bus passes for English senior citizens (under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme) you’ll note the rose *and* St George’s cross. Which is nice.

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