Jamie Bryson is obsessed with Flegs. Willie Fraser is obsessed with Flegs…and so too is Mick Fealty over on Slugger O’Toole.
The question has been posed that the National Flag of Ireland seems a bit dated as the “orange” bit is …kinda aspirational. In de facto terms the Irish National Flag seems more than the sum of its parts.
In the interest of balance…which you may or may not see on Slugger O ‘Toole, the British Flag of the Disunited Kingdom seems…it might be so argued …more than the sum of its parts…as it has “St Patricks Saltire” (I know, I know….don’t start me)an allegedly Irish emblem to represent the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norn Iron.
And isn’t that harp on the “royal standard” a bit outdated too?
Can a flag be outdated? Well yes…the American Flag is subject to regular updates until just over fifty years ago. Will we ever see another star added….Guam, Samoa, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico? Who knows? And the so called European Flag had the good sense to stop at twelve stars.
But take the “Union Flag”. Surely if Scotland leaves the United Kingdom….and I’m sure Mick Fealty who isn’t Scottish is neutral on the issue….then the flag with its Scottish saltire becomes obsolete and indeed offensive to Scots.
So rather than the notion that Ireland “needs” a new flag….there is perhaps a greater likelihood that the United Kingdom (an obsolete notion may be) will need a new fleg. A Flag indeed symbolic…and wouldn’t it be nice if the Union Flag had TWO outdated saltires.