YesCymru can’t complain about 100 foot Union Jack ‘while putting stickers everywhere’ says Tory MP
YesCymru can’t complain about the UK Government placing a 100 foot Union Jack on their own building while putting stickers everywhere, a Tory MP has said.
In a call with journalists, Monmouth’s David Davies shot back when asked about a petition against covering a tax office in Cardiff with an enormous 100-ft high Union Jack, which has now received well over 13,000 signatures.
“The petition I understand is being pushed by Yes Cymru and I’m frankly sick of seeing Yes Cymru stickers being placed all over signs and buildings in Wales,” he said in comments recorded by the Western Mail.
“If they want the moral high ground they should remember we applied for planning permission for our flag. When they want to start applying for planning permission for all the stickers they’re posting illegally then they might have some grounds for a discussion but right now they haven’t.”
The petition by YesCymru calls on the Chair of Cardiff Council Planning Committee, Cllr Keith Jones, to reverse the decision to give the huge flag the go-ahead.
The petition states: “We believe that as the capital city of Wales, visitors, commuters and residents should not be faced with a gigantic Union Jack flag on arrival at Cardiff Central railway station.
“This decision by Cardiff Council Planning Committee to grant permission to drape the HMRC building on Central Square is an act of political symbolism designed to promote ‘muscular unionism’ a reminder to the people of Wales of their subservient status in the United Kingdom.
“This flag does not represent the people of Wales and is a blatant political act designed to act as a provocation to the people of Wales.
“We the undersigned call on the Cardiff Council Planning Committee, and its chair Councillor Keith Jones, to withdraw their permission for this advertisement.”
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.”