The title's from a Steve Knightley song - the next line is "and I want it back!" our flag has been hijacked by the intolerant, the violent, and the inane.
It should stand for an imperfect democracy, tolerant and defending the weak. A nation made up of immigrants, as we have been for centuries, welcoming both refugees and economic migrants. Exporting democracy, learning and other social good things.
We have some awful history behind us: we should have learned from it... But the last few years, we seem to have forgotten that we claim to be the mother of democracies.
I'd like to have our flag back, for the sake of freedom for all. Here, and everywhere else.
For the record, the flag's on the bow of HMS Belfast, a World War II cruiser: now a floating museum on the River Thames.
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