Llywydd imposes Senedd flag ban after Tory MS Union Jack flying
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.”
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.”