Huw Edwards responds to go-ahead for Union Jack to be stuck on Cardiff tax office
Huw Edwards has responded to the go-ahead for an enormous Union Jack to be emblazoned on a Cardiff tax office.
The BBC broadcaster put out a cryptic tweet following the news that Cardiff Council has given the green light for what has been classed as an “advertisement”.
A huge British flag graphic is set to be wrapped around the outside of the landmark city-centre building.
He said: “I’m not allowed to comment on political or flag matters.”
The post included the Welsh flag and wink emojis. It appears to be a reference to a row in March in which he was forced by BBC bosses to take down a tweet in which he proudly displayed the Welsh flag.
The British banner on the Cardiff tax office 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 move has received a hostile response on social media.
Former North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones said: “Any other organisation for any other banner would have been refused planning. Who made the decision to grant? Elected members or officers on delegated authority? @huwthomas_Wales”.
“A good use of @YesCymru monies would be to fund a Judicial review against *p*** takes* like this.”
Chris Peplow said: “This is the Welsh Tax office. Welsh Government have to stop this happening.”
Vaughan Williams said: “This will serve as a reminder of what we’re gaining our independence from. The flag of yesteryear will drive us on to #IndyWales.”
John McAllister said: “Cardiff council at it again.”
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.