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24 Mar, 4 tweets, 1 min read
BREAK: New guidance published today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will see the Union flag flown on UK Government buildings every day.
Easily the most handsome flag in the world.

Up there with Japan and maybe Switzerland. Much nicer than the US flag which let's face it is a vexillological mess.
Currently, Union flags are only required to be flown on UK Govt buildings on designated days.

New guidance will ask the flag be flown all year round, unless another flag is being flown – such as another national flag of the UK, a county flag, or other flags to mark civic pride.
New dual flagging rules:

🇬🇧UK flag may be flown alongside other flags.

❌🇪🇺Automatic permission instated in 2007 for EU flag will be removed.

⚕️Replaced by deemed consent for buildings to fly an NHS flag.

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6 Mar
Looking forward to the census results revealing just how many Brits actually feel european as a primary *national identity*.

Does anyone seriously think it’ll be higher than 0.1%?
I think most Brits who feel ‘european’ do so in the same way we feel feel ‘progressive’ - as a social signifier, not a national identity.
Saying ‘I feel european’ is not a pledge of allegiance to Ursula von der Leyen, or the twelve starred flag.

It’s overwhelmingly a social indicator, not a political one.
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Nicola Sturgeon likes to suggest that Scotland would be better off with its highest level of Government resting in Brussels rather than Westminster.

Shall we put that to the test with a topical example?
💉Say... vaccinations?💉
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧So far Scotland has received an allocation of over 700,000 vaccines via the UK and, has vaccinated 8.5% of the population. 𝗜𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀, 𝟰𝟯𝟲,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺If Scotland had vaccinated at the rate of Denmark (a country of similar size and demographics and one judged to have done the best out of all EU countries so far) it would have seen just 3.73% of the population vaccinated. 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.
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First daily vaccine data (just for England, mind) - 2,333,764 doses administered as of yesterday.

With Scottish, Welsh, and NI figures to add it's easy to see how this surpasses 2.4 million. Image
Looking forward to seeing this soar 🤓 Image
Oh. Image
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This pandemic is exposing the fundamental problem with our current devolution settlement. No one can answer the fundamental question of Who Governs with any consistent hierarchy. It's a mess.
Council leaders and metro mayors have a pulsating bully pulpit, engorged on and off by a government implying it has to cut deals to exercise the power it already has.
Meanwhile the lower leaders of devolved nations are acting as rivals to the national executive- unwitting beneficiaries of unprecedented power accidentally falling their way in a hurried muddle.

So keen to flex their newfound power, they strive for difference for the sake of it.
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19 Oct 20
All eyes on the Commons, Gove on his feet in a couple of minutes with a big Brexit update...
Barnier gaslighting here - understand EU are refusing to properly intensify or discuss legal texts.
Gove tells the commons that "as things stand" an FTA "will not now happen".
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