Apologies (again) for the lack of blogging. The world of Fine Arts is ablaze right now with elite society spending all their hard earned/inherited cash on beautiful trinkets and as such it has been difficult to blog during the day (I’ve been working through my lunches for these people!).
I’m a bit out of practice, and haven’t even been looking at current affairs recently, so this is going to be a bit of a personal blog. Normal service will resume eventually just as soon as I can set up my laptop with those intertubes.
A few weeks ago I purchased the above handbag. I hadn’t realised at the time that I might be making a political statement by wearing it, the most common being “Racist!” frequently shouted at me by one good friend of mine. You know who you are and incidentally, I’m not a racist, I’m a realist
I bought this handbag primarily because it’s nice. It has a useful pocket on the inside, and is just the right size for my wallet, phone, keys, and chewing gum. I liked the Union Jack on the front because it’s an unusual image to have on a handbag and I thought it looked cool. Got it? I think my national flag is cool.
It’s cool because of the things it stands for. The Union Jack was originally designed on King James I (VI of Scotland) instructions when he wanted a symbol that would reflect the unity and diversity of two nations, and later the St Patrick’s Cross was incorporated into it to represent Ireland. Isn’t that nice? Such a shame that nowadays, this symbol has been hijacked by a minority of people who are actively working against these core principles.
It saddens me that people might worry about the wider aspects of wearing my national flag with pride just because there are some nasty ignoramuses (ignorami?) who insist on desecrating this beautiful symbol by their mere association. Why can’t I wear my national flag with pride without someone making a joke that it’s a racist symbol? I wish the BNP would choose something else as their logo, because it is misleading and callous to use my national flag as a symbol of their hatred.
Providing it doesn’t fall apart, I am going to exercise my right to wear my new handbag with pride. I’d like to call on my fellow Brits – whether you have Pakistani, Italian, Filipino, African, Irish, Spanish or any other family background, do us all the honour of wearing our flag as often as possible to bring back the notion of true patriotism from these sub-par bigots to it’s original emphasis on inclusion and daedaliciousness!
PS Many thanks to Stephen Curry for his inspiration for this post