Rifleman should be free to show patriotism by proudly flying flag

COMPLAINTS: Christopher Bishop with the flag which got him into trouble with his housing association

COMPLAINTS: Christopher Bishop with the flag which got him into trouble with his housing association

First published in Letters

I read with interest your report of a fellow Rifleman in Kidlington being told by his housing authority to stop flying the Union Flag because it was causing offence.

Your article goes on to say that complaints have been made.

If this is true then those who made these complaints should come forward and say why the flag of the United Kingdom that represents our tolerance, freedom of speech, religious freedom and many other values offends them.

If, as the housing association says, there is a planning issue over the flag pole and other flags that have been flown, surely there can be an amicable solution to allow Rfn Bishop to continue to show his patriotism by flying with pride the Union Flag.

In my capacity as Chairman of the Oxford Branch of The Royal Green Jackets Association I would be happy to assist in resolving this issue.

Once a Rifleman always a Rifleman.

Swift and Bold.

Terry Roper

Claymond Rd

Headington Oxford

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

  • Today’s letters

Where will the next vehicle come to rest?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

RECENTLY, probably in the hours of darkness, athe driver of a bright blue vehicle drove across the grass verge and into my newly rebuilt driveway wall opposite the Red Cow in Chesterton, causing considerable damage. There were no witnesses but there is paint residue on the bricks and the stonework. I would have thought so much more of that driver if he or she had come to the door and acknowledged what had happened.

Don't expect to get a receipt, apparently

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

WE had a boiler replaced by a small plumbing firm from Banbury. I asked for a receipt for the two cheques I issued, the warranties for the boiler and work done as well as the building regulations certificate.

Your report omits the main point of my speech

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

YOUR report on fees for care on February 25 has a nice picture of me, but omits the main point of my three-minute speech to the county council cabinet the previous day.

Why is my post delivered as late as 5.30pm?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

ONCE upon a time, you could almost tell the time of day by the delivery of post Royal Mail made in my road.

Seeing PC105 on his bike brought back memories

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

I WAS interested to see the letter from Mrs Parkinson, her late husband Ken taught me to ride a motorcycle, the one shown in the picture.

Were they tipped off or was it a premonition?

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015

I WAS prompted to write and express my opinion after reading yesterday’s front page story “THEY SAW NO EVIL” and I must say it does not surprise me that the two people pictured on the front page have denied all knowledge.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

rogerjwise says...

As I have commented before, a hundred years ago the young men of Europe ( including my Grandfather and Great Uncles) wrapped in flags of various nations, set about slaughtering each other.

A few flimsy treaties and bloodlines was enough of a reason, many of the forces were shocked to find that one side fighting for God, King and Country while the enemy cause was, God, The Kaiser and Country.

Mr Bishop may have every right to fly the Union flag, but this could be argued that this is the right of all groups, even the ones that the majority of the population of Britain consider to be the most misguided. The same ideology, of the values you interpret as the truth. The same God, different flag.
As I have commented before, a hundred years ago the young men of Europe ( including my Grandfather and Great Uncles) wrapped in flags of various nations, set about slaughtering each other. A few flimsy treaties and bloodlines was enough of a reason, many of the forces were shocked to find that one side fighting for God, King and Country while the enemy cause was, God, The Kaiser and Country. Mr Bishop may have every right to fly the Union flag, but this could be argued that this is the right of all groups, even the ones that the majority of the population of Britain consider to be the most misguided. The same ideology, of the values you interpret as the truth. The same God, different flag. rogerjwise
  • Score: 3

3:39pm Wed 3 Sep 14

JanetJ says...

I might be missing something on this one but isn't the issue here the fact a flagpole has been erected in a communal garden without either discussing it with fellow residents or asking permission of the property owner. I haven't read anything that says anyone is objecting to the union flag (or have I missed something)?
I might be missing something on this one but isn't the issue here the fact a flagpole has been erected in a communal garden without either discussing it with fellow residents or asking permission of the property owner. I haven't read anything that says anyone is objecting to the union flag (or have I missed something)? JanetJ
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree