Cardiff Council give go-ahead for giant Union Jack to be stuck on tax office
Cardiff Council has given the go-ahead for a big Union Jack to be emblazoned on the city’s HMRC tax office.
The design will see a huge Union Jack flag graphic, which has been classed as an “advertisement”, wrapped around the outside of the landmark city-centre building.
The British banner will be made from perforated vinyl which will be applied to the surface of upper-level windows at the southeast corner of the building, according to WalesOnline.
The prominent branding comes amid a move towards “muscular unionism” by Boris Johnson’s government, which has also recently ruled the Union Jack must be flown above the Welsh flag and ordered civil servants to stop referring to “the four nations of the UK.”
The Tŷ William Morgan building was recently constructed in the city’s Central Square development, and is one of 16 new UK Government ‘hubs’.
Wales Secretary Simon Hart said Tŷ William Morgan, which provides offices for 4,000 civil servants but could also be used to host cabinet meetings, “shows the UK Government’s commitment to Wales and to strengthening the Union” when he officially opened the £100m building last January.
But the building sparked a constitutional backlash earlier this year when a large UK Government sign was applied to its façade. Nation.Cymru recently revealed that the branding cost almost £15,000.