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

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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
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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
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