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Subject: Re: [CON] Re: St Piran's Flag
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 11:47:04 +0000
> Thanks for drawing our attention to this preposterous absurdity, Ray! I thought I'd missed Christmas and re-awakened on April the First. Just when you think bureaucracy can't get any madder - it goes and gets madder.
Just ignore the idiots and keep flying the flag - what are they going to do about it? Prosecute everyone? How do you police such an idiotic law? The ghosts of Michael Angove and Thomas Flamank (among many others) must be revolving in their collective graves.
Happy Christmas, everyone!
> Date: 2004/12/04 Sat AM 10:11:08 GMT
> Subject: [CON] Re: St Piran's Flag
> The following article in our local press has, predictably, caused a furore
> here in Cornwall this week. Even in this small village I can think of at
> least five houses whose owners proudly fly the flag of St Piran in their gardens,
> so there must be literally hundreds of them all over the county. I am sure
> there is no way any of them will be prepared to remove their symbols of
> national identity voluntarily. Once again, a case of beaurocracy gone mad and
> another instance of a silly and unenforcable ruling being foisted upon us by the
> "powers that be" who are, as usual, completely out of touch with local
> feelings and sensitivities.
> "Patriotic Cornish people might be forced to stop flying the flag of St
> Piran after it was revealed that they could be breaching planing regulations. A
> row has broken out over the issue which was highlighted when North Cornwall MP
> Paul Tyler questioned the regulations regarding flags in Parliament.
> Planning minister Keith Hill said that 'national' flags flown on flagpoles
> are exempt from planning controls but people wanting to fly the Cornish flag
> would need to apply for planning permission.
> The minister said: "There is no restriction on the number of national flags
> which may be flown at any premises. There are no rules which limit the
> location of the flagpole, so it may be fixed to the premises or freestanding in the
> He added: "Individual saint's flags, which are not also national flags,
> require prior consent from the local planning authority before they can be flown."
> Mr Tyler has now said that he is considering flying the St Piran flag at his
> home on the edge of Bodmin Moor to highlight the ruling.
> He said: "It seems that a loyal citizen of Albania or Zimbabwe living in
> Cornwall would be allowed to raise their national flag on a flagpole without
> first getting planning consent, but anyone who was proud to be Cornish could not
> fly the flag of St Piran.
> "This is absurd. Council planning officers face an impossible task. Are they
> really meant to drive around the county checking which flags are flying?
> Would they recognise the difference between the national flags of the former
> Russian satellite countries and the states of the USA, and know which they
> should insist come down?
> "In the interests of simplicity, let alone those of fair play, this dubious
> discrimination must go now.
> "Who says that St George of England is more saintly than St Piran of
> Ray Worden, on his soapbox in Delabole North Cornwall
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