Other councils to copy Bolton's union flag and national anthem idea

The Bolton News: Other councils to copy Bolton's union flag and national anthem idea Other councils to copy Bolton's union flag and national anthem idea

BOLTON’S call for schools to fly the Union Flag looks set to be copied by other councils.

Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean’s patriotic motion, which also asks teachers to lead pupils in singing the National Anthem during school assemblies, hit the headlines across the country after being reported in The Bolton News in April.

Letters have since been sent to all of Bolton’s schools asking them to take part, and now Conservative groups in Salford, Trafford and Westminster, have said they are looking at copying the move in a bid to instill more national pride in schools.

Cllr Chris Clarkson, who represents Worsley, has submitted a motion for Salford’s full council meeting. it will be debated in September.

He said: “I think, like Bolton, Salford is becoming more diverse and I don’t think it’s a bad thing to encourage a sense of patriotism.

“I thought Cllr Dean’s motion was extremely succinct, and addressing something that’s been missing for a long time.

“There has been a trend away from patriotism and being proud of this country, and that the flag has been used in a fairly divisive way.

“It should be an inclusive thing — this is our flag, it’s everyone’s flag and we can all take pride in our country.”

Cllr Dean said he was pleased to hear other councils could adopt his motion.

He added: “The reception from most of the public has been that people feel the same way that I do about it.

“There are some people who are apprehensive, and say they think young people might relate the flag to the far right.

“But it’s up to us as British people to promote our own values and that is something we must admit that we have failed to do in the past.”

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6:13am Wed 9 Jul 14

Three Lions says...

its about time...hurray
This should be law..
And all schools primary and secondary should be doing this.
I would also like to see the Union Flag in the class rooms as well.
its about time...hurray This should be law.. And all schools primary and secondary should be doing this. I would also like to see the Union Flag in the class rooms as well. Three Lions
  • Score: 20

7:00am Wed 9 Jul 14

Hectoriva says...

Just what we need, councils to install Britishness back into the community, 'multiculturalism' is all well and good in small pockets but when you start to lose your own identity its time to act! National anthem should be the 1st song taught in music in schools throughout the UK. god save the queen 🇬🇧
Just what we need, councils to install Britishness back into the community, 'multiculturalism' is all well and good in small pockets but when you start to lose your own identity its time to act! National anthem should be the 1st song taught in music in schools throughout the UK. god save the queen 🇬🇧 Hectoriva
  • Score: 24

9:05am Wed 9 Jul 14

mega bolton fan says...

IM all for the idea and would encourage my kids to stand proudly and belt out god save the queen however at the risk of being attacked on here there are going to be alot of people that will oppose the idea of give OUR children there identitys back. Its works well in the usa where the pledge the allegiance to the stars and stripes every day but there will be a pocket if people that will say uts wrong for them to do this and throw up some religious argument against it
IM all for the idea and would encourage my kids to stand proudly and belt out god save the queen however at the risk of being attacked on here there are going to be alot of people that will oppose the idea of give OUR children there identitys back. Its works well in the usa where the pledge the allegiance to the stars and stripes every day but there will be a pocket if people that will say uts wrong for them to do this and throw up some religious argument against it mega bolton fan
  • Score: 12

9:18am Wed 9 Jul 14

SleepingThunder says...

What a load of pomp time for some real action from council not just flag waving.
What a load of pomp time for some real action from council not just flag waving. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 8

10:38am Wed 9 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

The word God should not be used in a non-religious school as part of an elitist anthem or other.

Children should not be subject to brainwashing garbage.

The flag is not a bad idea, but putting God on the curriculum in any school as a matter of fact, is simple brainwashing.
The word God should not be used in a non-religious school as part of an elitist anthem or other. Children should not be subject to brainwashing garbage. The flag is not a bad idea, but putting God on the curriculum in any school as a matter of fact, is simple brainwashing. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -6

10:40am Wed 9 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Hectoriva wrote:
Just what we need, councils to install Britishness back into the community, 'multiculturalism' is all well and good in small pockets but when you start to lose your own identity its time to act! National anthem should be the 1st song taught in music in schools throughout the UK. god save the queen 🇬🇧
Why should you push your beliefs on our children, and why should we or our children have to accept the elitist Royal vampires?
[quote][p][bold]Hectoriva[/bold] wrote: Just what we need, councils to install Britishness back into the community, 'multiculturalism' is all well and good in small pockets but when you start to lose your own identity its time to act! National anthem should be the 1st song taught in music in schools throughout the UK. god save the queen 🇬🇧[/p][/quote]Why should you push your beliefs on our children, and why should we or our children have to accept the elitist Royal vampires? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -11

10:42am Wed 9 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

mega bolton fan wrote:
IM all for the idea and would encourage my kids to stand proudly and belt out god save the queen however at the risk of being attacked on here there are going to be alot of people that will oppose the idea of give OUR children there identitys back. Its works well in the usa where the pledge the allegiance to the stars and stripes every day but there will be a pocket if people that will say uts wrong for them to do this and throw up some religious argument against it
Spend time in the USA... you will find many of the children grow up to be gun toting, bi-polar lunatics that have no semblance of reality or the rest of the world. They live in fear of a fictitious being and Communists.

A pocket of people are a majority BTW.
[quote][p][bold]mega bolton fan[/bold] wrote: IM all for the idea and would encourage my kids to stand proudly and belt out god save the queen however at the risk of being attacked on here there are going to be alot of people that will oppose the idea of give OUR children there identitys back. Its works well in the usa where the pledge the allegiance to the stars and stripes every day but there will be a pocket if people that will say uts wrong for them to do this and throw up some religious argument against it[/p][/quote]Spend time in the USA... you will find many of the children grow up to be gun toting, bi-polar lunatics that have no semblance of reality or the rest of the world. They live in fear of a fictitious being and Communists. A pocket of people are a majority BTW. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -3

11:18am Wed 9 Jul 14

Phil from Smithills says...

Lets hope this flying the Union Flag spreads to all of our counties schools,

I only wish our council would also add Lancashire to our towns boundary road signs, just to show what our correct traditional county we still belong to.
Lets hope this flying the Union Flag spreads to all of our counties schools, I only wish our council would also add Lancashire to our towns boundary road signs, just to show what our correct traditional county we still belong to. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 4

1:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

cliff4treasurer says...

"Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean’s patriotic motion"

If we had more of this type of patriotic motion from our Muslim community's I suspect the often bandied around and misused words "cohesion" diversity" and "integration" might ring a bit more true!
"Bradshaw councillor Mudasir Dean’s patriotic motion" If we had more of this type of patriotic motion from our Muslim community's I suspect the often bandied around and misused words "cohesion" diversity" and "integration" might ring a bit more true! cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

devs says...

Stuff the union flag Bolton is in England fly the England flag or none at all
Stuff the union flag Bolton is in England fly the England flag or none at all devs
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Hectoriva says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
Hectoriva wrote:
Just what we need, councils to install Britishness back into the community, 'multiculturalism' is all well and good in small pockets but when you start to lose your own identity its time to act! National anthem should be the 1st song taught in music in schools throughout the UK. god save the queen 🇬🇧
Why should you push your beliefs on our children, and why should we or our children have to accept the elitist Royal vampires?
If you are so against the word God in the BRITISH national anthem, I'm sure you will be able to hand on heart say you have never used the phrase 'For Gods sake!' Or 'God knows' ??? Hardly pushing beliefs on our children in Britain with the Brotish national anthem is it. get a grip
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hectoriva[/bold] wrote: Just what we need, councils to install Britishness back into the community, 'multiculturalism' is all well and good in small pockets but when you start to lose your own identity its time to act! National anthem should be the 1st song taught in music in schools throughout the UK. god save the queen 🇬🇧[/p][/quote]Why should you push your beliefs on our children, and why should we or our children have to accept the elitist Royal vampires?[/p][/quote]If you are so against the word God in the BRITISH national anthem, I'm sure you will be able to hand on heart say you have never used the phrase 'For Gods sake!' Or 'God knows' ??? Hardly pushing beliefs on our children in Britain with the Brotish national anthem is it. get a grip Hectoriva
  • Score: 4
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