He has to be joking. TheTelegraph reports that Gordon Brown will today call on the British people today to celebrate their patriotism and embrace the Union flag with pride as he embarks on a personal mission to reposition Labour as the party of strong national identity.
In a speech that is bound to anger some on the Labour Left, he will suggest that homeowners imitate the Americans by planting "a (Union) flag in every garden" and will float the idea of a "British day" on which uniquely British ideas and values can be celebrated.
So we have a member of the same political cabal who very nearly killed-off the Union flag altogether, as being politically incorrect, suddenly suggesting that we all erect a flagpole in our gardens. Mr Brown is of course a Scot, aand the government has increasingly relied on the Scottish vote to push through purely English legislation, against English votes, and yet the reverse is not true; English MPs have no say over comparable Scottish affairs.
This is obviously unfair, as is the fact that more taxpayers’ money goes to Scotland, per head, for public services than in England. Devolution has only made this long-standing injustice feel worse.
If this wasn’t sad and deeply cynical it would be funny but it’s not and is simply another gimmick in attempt to capture declining confidence in ‘shambolic’ politics.