Rebranding puts black marks against UK flag
Some White liberal in the UK now wants to add black to the union jack to “reflect” Britain’s new multi-cultural and multi-racial society. To think that the world once feared the British and her armed forces and that they have now been reduced to a whimpering coward of a nation, too scared to even stand up for themselves and their heritage. Welcome to the new benefits of diversity! Not sure why the crescent moon and yellow and brown aren’t also on the new flag – after all, that would be more representative! The wheel has turned Britain. You are sowing what you reaped on other nations (South Africa comes to mind).
Britain’s national flag – the union jack – has been given the makeover treatment, in the hope of reflecting a more modern society.
It’s become the marketing executive’s remedy for any organisation’s ills. From BT to BP, the Labour Party to the Lottery, hardly a business or institution has escaped the rebranding bug.
Now moves are afoot to redesign that most sacred of British hallmarks – the union flag.
A campaign is being launched to modernise the red, white and blue flag by adding a touch of black to reflect multicultural Britain in the 21st Century.
The proposed new flag (see above) is the work of Nigel Turner, an enthusiastic fan of the UK’s transformation into a multiracial society over the past 50 years.
Mr Turner, who has called his campaign Reflag, believes his plan would reclaim the union jack from its negative associations, and silence that old skinhead chant: “There ain’t no black in the union jack.”
“If I flew the union jack from a flagpole in my garden, many people would see it as a racist statement,” he says.
“I’m a glass half-full, rather than half-empty sort of person. It’s time we made a positive statement about the progression of a multicultural and multiracial society.”
The union flag was first seen in 1606 and the version that we know today was drawn up by the College of Arms in 1801 to represent the Act of Union.
Mr Turner, 46, who is white, hopes to spark a debate on the flag. He would like to see a new design replace the current union jack for the flag’s 400th anniversary in 2006.
“The proposed design does not mean throwing out all that has gone before, and it is clearly recognisable as the flag of the UK without saying something new.”
But as makeovers go, even a designer as thick-skinned as Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen would think twice about treading into such perilous territory.
The so-called “union black” has already raised the ire of the Scottish. Tuesday’s Scotsman newspaper said Mr Turner had “missed the point”.
“The United Kingdom is not a firm which changes its corporate branding each time the management alters. The flag is an enduring symbol of unity which transcends politics and absorbs cultural change.”
MSP Phil Gallie told the Scottish Parliament: “The suggestion that our flag should be redesigned is ridiculous tokenism and would do nothing to stamp out racism.”
So what does Mr Turner need to do to make his flag official? The answer is not black and white, says flags expert Charles Ashburner.
“There are no laws governing the union flag. Primarily, it’s the monarch’s flag, but it has come to represent the UK through common usage.
“So to make it official, he just has to make people believe it’s the official flag. It will never take the place of the union flag of course, but it could became a sort of quasi-official flag if enough people flew it.”