Altnewsmedia notes the stunning comment by the (Muslim) Labour Shadow Sports Minister Rosena Allin-Khan that St. George’s flag “has been tainted by Brexit and has become associated with “far-Right ideology”. Here she is pictured with the (Muslim) Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
You can read her thoughts here in The House magazine.
“Allin-Khan – Muslim, Polish and Pakistani heritage, as English as they come (Say what?)– is keen to embrace the flag.
“I do feel this time, particularly given how well we did, there was a significant lack of St George’s crosses. I think that many people feel that flying a St George’s cross is synonymous with far-right ideology and that sometimes prevents them from doing so because they don’t want to be perceived as such.
“During previous World Cups between 2000-2010 you could walk 20 metres and see flags in windows, flags on cars, flags on shops. Despite more sprouting up as the tournament went on, there’s been a noticeable difference. “I think there is a reluctance to do so because shops may not want to feel they’re not being welcoming to members of the community, and perhaps Brexit has a part to play in that.”
Here’s an example of the reluctance to fly the flag that so concerns her!
This isn’t the first time a senior Labour politician has seen St George’s flag as a bit of a problem. Readers will remember this from Labour’s Emily Thornberry.
The sneering tone in Thornberry’s tweet was all too evident and despite her protestations of innocence it all ended in her having to resign from the Shadow Cabinet.
AltnewsMedia wonders why Labour politicians have such a problem with the flag of St George. Might it be that they simply cannot relate to the patriotism that so many English people feel about their flag?