This is the flag of England which is part of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Tomorrow, 23rd April, is St. George’s Day. St. George, is the patron saint of England, Ethiopia, Georgia amongst others and the patron Saint of Scouting. On the Sunday closest to St. George’s day, Scouts in the UK take part in a parade in their town or village, attend a church service and renew our Promise.
The parade is normally (in England certainly) lead by a Scout Band, followed by the UK flag and the flag of England (St. George’s Cross) and then each of the Groups or sections with their own flags.
However, one of our local Districts has been told not to parade with either the UK or English flags! You will have to forgive me if I am deliberately vague here, but I can’t get into specifics.
The reason for this is one of the areas they are parading through has a predominantly Asian population and offence doesn’t want to be given to the local population!
The problem is that the UK and English flags have been used by far right and racist organisations and now have the ‘wrong image’ within the Asian community.
However, this stance offends ME. The Scouts of this District have been parading with these two flags for many, many years without causing offence. They are our national flags, the flags of this country. How stupid to say you can’t parade with your own country’s flag in your own country! I could never see this happening in Canada or the USA, for example, where they are proud of their flags and what they represent.
At my District’s parade on Sunday, we will have the UK and English flags at the head of our parade and we will be proud to parade behind them!