A good time for flags (unless you are Eric Pickles)
Hello everybody. It has been such a good time for selling flags that there has been little time left for blogging or much else. I have been working fourteen hours a day, maybe more. If I was an employee I would probably be taking myself to a tribunal for being overworked and underpaid. It was bound to be busy. If you can’t sell flags when there’s a Diamond Jubilee, a major football tournament and the first Olympics in London since 1948 then you should be doing something else instead.
Of course, I still cannot sell the Olympic rings flag after Labour made it illegal until after the Games have finished. The order from the British organisers to destroy my stock of them still makes me want to slap Sebastian Coe round the head with a wet fish. I am glad that the Queen didn’t ban sales of the Union flag. The EU probably will some day.
It’s at times like these that it feels as if there is no recession and everything out there must be hunky dory. Tickety boo, even. I increased some prices in an attempt to dissuade people from adding to the backlog of orders, but they kept ordering anyway.
It wasn’t all Queen/Footie/Olympic orders. A large number of my table flags were heading down to Rio for some of the big environmental conferences of the past week. I hope they stirred up some patriotism among the participants, many of whom, no doubt, share the goal of a global society without national sovereignty or cultures.
I was delighted to read that the whole farce seems to have collapsed without further damaging agreements being instigated. Nick Clegg is upset, so there’s another result. Now that China has amassed much of the industry that was once in the West, due to it not having to comply with all the “green” regulations, they aren’t keen to risk making commitments that would lead to the same de-industrialising that the West has been subjected to.
Who would have thought? A government that cares more about jobs than the climate con.
This flag story out today is a continuation of Brussels’ attempts to force Eric Pickles to fly the EU flag outside his London offices.
A row over the Government being forced to fly the European Union flag took a farcical turn last night after Brussels offered to pay for a new flagpole if it complied with the demand.
The Mail on Sunday revealed earlier this year that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles was furious after being told that he faced being fined under new European Commission rules if he did not fly the EU flag continuously outside his office.
I reckon that a compromise could be reached here. Every morning at 9am, an EU flag is hoisted outside the building and every evening at 5pm, the flag is ceremoniously torn down and jumped on. It would be a brand new tourist attraction. Sometimes a lion tamer could be invited to bring along his most ferocious feline to rip the damned thing to shreds. On other days, a fire eater could oblige.
I do have more posts in the pipeline, so I hope to be back regularly. I know I have said this before, but I have recently had to pay a small fortune to renew my hosting, so I want to at least try to get my money’s worth!