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    Phil from Smithills wrote:
    As the article says, they fly their flags in USA & Canada. And in the USA they also fly just beneath the Stars & Stripes usually the State flag.

    So we should also fly our Red Rose county flag just beneath the Union flag.
    Do they?

    Funny I have been to the States over a doze times and yes although they do tend to fly a lot of their flag I very rarely see the state flag - and I have been to New England, California (who are actually wanting independence and their GDP is far larger than many Western countries!!!!), Florida, New York, New Jersey.

    Texas, Hawaii and Alaska seem to be the only States I know of that fly the state flag as well as the Stars and Stripes!

    But you ask the majority of US citizens if they feel patriotic about the flag flying the majority will say not really as it flies there every day and they just tend to ignore it. Patriotism is more about their troops, and the sporting events they excel in!!! Patriotism, in the US has lost its specialness (it has a resurgence after 11/9 but since then it has become an everyday thing and mundane and is NOT special to the majority!!!)

    As it is, if we followed the US route then under the Union flag we should be flying the St Georges fag and NOT the red rose of Lancashire due to the fact that our "state/country" of the " United Kingdom" is ENGLAND, and last time I looked Lancashire has never been a country!!!"
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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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