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    The Righteous One wrote:
    BlueRay79 wrote:
    The Righteous One wrote:
    Just wait until the head teacher sees the budget for flag flying and how many flags will be required and then have to make a decision on what gets cut - education or flying a flag?

    But if he had seen The Wright Stuff on Friday morning they had a American on the show and they talked about Bolton's proposals and the American said what I have been saying. The children go through the motions but they don't know what it is all about, and to a point they don't care because it is rammed down their throats so much. It has basically become mundane, rather than being something special!
    Why how much do you think a flag per school is going to cost? They only need 1! and it's not like all schools are going to do it.

    As for your bit on The Wright Stuff, please.
    Do they, so when that is dirty or been battered too death after a few days because of the British weather another one is required then another and then another.

    There is a school in Manchester and they go through over 25 flags in a school year, mainly because of weather but also due to vandalism by British vandals (as per CCTV and the later arrests) and then the cost of replacing the flag pole and the rope!!!!

    Albeit it sounds like a good idea, it does add up, and where does that money come from?

    As it is from a practical point of view doing this sort of this does neither educate nor make someone patriotic. It takes away from the school day and because it is done so often it become a mundane activity which the children go through and not relate to.

    Also if you do not believe me about The Wright Stuff, it should be on Demand 5 - Good Friday's episode and it was the main talking point of the day (i.e. first story) - it was actually a well balanced debate from the celebrity contributors, audience and complete mix range of callers!
    Hahahahahah, I knew you were going to come up with some poor excuse about going through many flags. If they put them at height, they should be out of the way of vandals.

    As for weather...there are many flags round Bolton that have been fine through severe weather. I've noticed the one near the gates to Egerton House has been there years without issue and it's windy up there!

    I wonder what them "British Vandals" want with 25 flags?

    Matthew Right is a t%t and his show is a complete waste of air space. So sadly, I won't be watching that on catch up."
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Headteacher backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

Headteach backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

Headteach backs plans to fly Union flag in every Bolton school

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

A PRIMARY school headteacher says he cannot see any objections to why schools should not fly the Union flag.

Bolton Council approved a patriotic motion, put forward by Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean, that will see the borough’s schools encouraged to fly the national flag and sing the nation anthem in assembly each morning.

Conservative Cllr Dean said it was a way of helping immigrants integrate into British life, instil national pride in the town’s youth and stop the county’s flag being associated with far-right groups.

He added it would inspire “children within the Bolton family to be proud of being British enabling them to appreciate our rich history and great heritage.”

Throughout the debate at Bolton Council’s full council meeting accusations flew across the floor that the motion was politically-motivated and would stretch already tight school budgets.

But Simon Bramwell, executive principal of SS Simon and Jude’s CE Primary School in Great Lever — a school rated good with outstanding features by Ofsted — said he said the motion could open up a debate on national pride.

He added: “Speaking personally, I don't see any real objections to ‘Flying the Flag’, we take such things for granted in the USA, Canada and a number of European countries.

“In fact in the USA , I believe, there is a flag in each classroom.

“However our National Anthem is more a celebration of the King or Queen rather than the country in itself.

“Many people do not make the distinction, but you can be a supporter of Britain without being a Monarchist, acceptance of pluralist views is after all one of the crowning achievements of being truly British.”

Mr Bramwell, who is a member of the National Association of Headteachers, added: “I applaud Cllr Dean’s intention in bringing this matter forward, and am sure it will spark a useful debate on National Pride, and the positive roles that can be played by nation states.”

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