Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Proposed new United Kingdom flag designs for use in the event of Scottish independence in 2014

This is the inevitable sequel to my Union-Flag-hating blog of last year.

What follows is the work of a few minutes' messing about on PhotoShop. I'm not a graphic designer and I don't have time to consider such luxuries as proportion control or making sure the Northern Irish bit is the same colour as the English bit.

Nevertheless, the below designs all "do the job" (or would in the event of Scotland leaving the union) in a way our current flag does not, for the many reasons mentioned in the blog I linked to up there.

These flags all incorporate St George's cross (representing England), St Patrick's saltire (representing Northern Ireland in the absence of an agreed actual flag that actually represents Northern Ireland), St Piran's cross (representing Cornwall, one of the original Celtic nations and culturally distinct from England by language, history, culture, and pasties), and St David's cross (representing Wales in a way that the current Welsh flag, which prominently features a large elaborate red dragon, could not comfortably do so in the context of a conglomerate "union" design*).

None of these are very good in themselves, and I hope someone with a hand (and an eye, and probably a computer) for design will take the idea and run with it. No doubt many already have, but I've seen a shocking lack of consideration of this issue in the design/political bickering communities I follow - especially given how fond everyone seems to be of waving tacky plastic Union Flags around at every given opportunity, and the closely related fact of the impending Scottish-independence referendum, which has as much chance as not of resulting in a "Yes" vote and immediately invalidating the current UK flag.

Without further ado:

Option one: Chris.

 Option two: Craig.

Option three: Mumford.

That's it. Feel free to vote on your favourite post-Scots-independence UK flag in the comments section below. However, you should be advised that your views are unlikely to be heeded by anyone of any importance or influence on such matters.

Adieu, with a single blue tear,

Alexander Velky.
(A pro-European devolutionist Welsh Englishman.)

* alternatively a red dragon could be portrayed with its foot on the neck of a slain white dragon (representing England); the other nations would then have to choose their own beasts to enter into the fray.


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  4. I'm quite warming up to Scotland leaving the UK. It means a lot of Scottish jobs will be coming back south of the border such as armed forces, ship building etc. As long as they take their share of the national debt and don't send any refugees our way if it doesn't quite work out. And please make sure there is a clause that states "all decisions are final". Bring it on I say.

  5. Scotland isn't planning on "Leaving" the UK.
    The people of Scotland may be proposing to end an United Kingdom *government*. England will have its own government, as will Scotland.
    No doubt there will be separate Armed Services. (Currently there is not a single Royal Navy warship based in Scotland. Every time the Russians arrive, it takes 2 days to send up a ship.
    The UK (the Royal bit. The Kingdom) will still exist and Scotland and England (with Wales and N.I. Added on to England) will share the Monarch as before.
    That means the Union Flag will still be used.
    Now, the reason for writing all this is that there is another Scenario.
    It is:
    England will deny that Scotland is a nation with a shared Sovereign.
    England will continue to style itself "British" (but mean "English").
    England will refer to the Monarch as their Monarch exclusively.
    (The Monarch will be the Queen/King of the United Kingdoms of England and Scotland). It's just that she will open two Parliaments (as she currently does) within the UK.