Rant time again. I signed a petition (Yes, I know) asking our squalid PM to: "Give the people of the UK the absolute right to fly the union flag from any building , without fear of council interference or accusations of racism". This, I thought, was a perfectly reasonable request, which could quite reasonably be answered by said squalid individual or his poo-in-pocket advisers with concision, precision and truth. This is what they came up with today: "The Government agrees that the Union flag is an important part of our national culture. There are currently 18 days each year on which the Union flag must be flown on Government buildings. These compulsory dates have been specifically set to mark special occasions by command of Her Majesty the Queen. While there is no formal definition of a Government building for this purpose, it is generally accepted to mean a building owned or used by the Crown and predominately occupied or used by Civil Servants or Her Majesty's armed forces. Individuals, local authorities and other organisations may fly the flag whenever they wish, subject to compliance with any local planning requirements. The Government certainly does not agree with anyone who discourages flying of the Union flag for fear of causing offence to others. As the petition rightly says, the flag is an important national symbol which we are proud to display. However, it is worth considering that flying the flag continuously might lessen its overall impact. " What? "Impact"? WTF? Is the presentational aspect, the impression, the PR value, the perception more important than the principle? Yes, absolutely, in the values of the New Labour project managers. That man, his advisers and supporters, folks, would **** your **** for the prospect of a few more years in Power over you and I. Not only that, but they would ***** your ***** and ****** it with ice cream. These are not nice people.