Currently, the flag is raised on around 20 “designated days” such as the birthdays of senior members of the royal family.
As well as this, government ministers are increasingly placing the flag in their homes and offices to be visible in the background during TV interviews, causing derision from some on the left who are both wincing at the bombastic display of patriotism, and worrying that the Conservative government is modelling itself on a U.S style of politics.
Journalist Will Hutton, for instance, said:
I’ve lived in a Britain relaxed about its patriotism for 70 years. Now the government wants an Union Jack flown on… https://t.co/0UhTf3msuG