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Union Day and the Union Jack

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Published on May 2, 2013

Alistair McConnachie from aForceForGood.org.uk speaks about flying the Union Jack in Scotland to commemorate Union Day, 1st May 1707. Glasgow City Council should fly it for the duration of the British Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, and councils throughout Scotland should also fly the British Saints' Flags on the Saints' Days as a way of showing solidarity with our fellow Britons.

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My name is Alistair McConnachie. It's Wednesday the 1st of May 2013, and I'm here in the Great British City of Glasgow.

And today's a very important day because it's Union Day. By which I mean, the Treaty of Union Day.

The day when Scotland and England came together as Great Britain.

Or, to use the words of the Treaty of Union, "That the two Kingdoms of Scotland and England shall, upon the first day of May and forever after, be united into one Kingdom by the name Great Britain."

And the world was never the same again.

And so it's a good day today, 1st May, to know about these things, to learn about these things, to remember these things, to commemorate these things.

Especially now, when the very Union of Great Britain is being called into question.

And so it would be good to see Glasgow City Council, for example, commemorate that day.

Now, I notice that they're flying the Saltire. Well, today would have been a good day to fly the Union Jack.

And it's maybe just because they're not thinking about these things.

But if they're not thinking about these things, they really need to start!

Indeed, all of the Unionist controlled councils throughout Scotland need to be thinking about what they can actually do in order to promote the Union.

And flying the Union Flag on Union Day is a very good start.

And you know there's plenty of opportunities to fly the Union Jack.

For example, next year's going to be the British Commonwealth Games. And wouldn't it be a great idea if during the duration of those Games, Glasgow City Council flew the Union Jack every day!

That would not only be showing support for the Home Nations and the Crown Dependencies but it would also be giving recognition to the 13 other competitors who have the Union Jack in their own flag.

And it would also be a reminder to the rest of the world that without Britain in the first place, the Commonwealth wouldn't exist.

And what about other flags that the Council could be flying? What about St David's Cross on St David's Day. What about St Patrick's Cross on St Patrick's Day. What about St George's Cross on St George's Day.

There are enough Welsh, and Irish, and English people in Glasgow who would appreciate that gesture, which is all about showing solidarity with our fellow Britons.

This is the first of several pro-UK videos which we've got planned.

If you'd like to be involved, please contact us.

Go to our website A Force For Good dot org dot uk. You'll find my contact details there.

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I'm Alistair McConnachie and this has been A Force For Good Production.
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