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Llywydd imposes Senedd flag ban after Tory MS Union Jack flying

23 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read
Ceredigion MS and Senedd Llywydd, Elin Jones

The Llywydd has banned flags from sessions of the Senedd after a Tory MS asked a question on Zoom with a Union Jack in the background.

Elin Jones imposed the order after Janet Finch-Saunders, the Conservative Senedd member for Aberconwy, quizzed the Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Rebecca Evans.

The Llywydd said she’d noticed a “proliferation of flag flying” and even jokingly threatened to fly the flag of the “Independent Tropical Republic of Ceredigion” if it continued.

She said: “Can I just say that I’ve noticed a tendency for a proliferation of flag flying behind members on Zoom this week.

“It looks as if the R rate on flags is greater than 1 at the moment. Therefore, from next week, no more flags.

“Otherwise, I’ll be tempted to fly the flag of the Independent Tropical Republic of Ceredigion behind me here. So, we move on to a flagless week next week please.”

‘Budget’ 

In her question to the Minister for Finance, Janet Finch-Saunders asked: “Would the Minister make a statement on the percentage of the Welsh Government’s budget for 2021/22 to be spent on areas of policy that are not devolved?”

Rebecca Evans replied: “The Welsh Government only invests in line with the priorities voted upon by the people of Wales.

“This has included the need to invest to address historic and consistent underinvestment by the UK Government in critical areas such as broadband and rail infrastructure.”

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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
3 months ago

Hope this mean doesnt mean
y ddraig goch (our own flag) is banned from our own Parliament?

Josh Foster
Josh Foster
3 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Exactly. Goes both ways. Stupid, petty decision.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
3 months ago

Da iawn Llywydd.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
3 months ago

Janet Finch Saunders? What is she about. She objects to anything that is of benefit to Wales. She ought to pack her bags,sell her holiday interests and move to England.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
3 months ago

A good decision. The Senedd has got to nip this Union Jackery in the bud, even if it means no Welsh flag in the background. There’s now a culture war going on between Wales and Westminster, as well as a constitutional war. The Welsh FA’s response to that ridiculous “One Britain, One Nation” song is part of that culture war.

J Todd
J Todd
3 months ago

Except her constituency of Ceredigion are flying the Union Jack for armed forces week .. guess that would be why JFS had hers on the go?

Charles Evans
Charles Evans
3 months ago

#NationalismSoFragile

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