Wednesday, 23 April 2008


The Tories have issued a St George's Day rallying cry against plans by Brussels to "wipe England off the map" and create a United Europe.

As Gordon Brown hoisted the English national flag over 10 Downing Street to celebrate St George's Day, it was revealed that EU officials had revised a map wiping out the country and the Channel. The change splits England into three and lumps those parts together with chunks of

other countries to create "transnational regions".

The UK Government is fully behind the project, even though the words "England" and "Britain" are left off official maps of each area and the Manche Region renames the English Channel "The Channel Sea".
Each region, which will be given taxpayers' money to promote trade links, cultural ties, transport policies and tourism, is to be run by a "managing authority" of unelected officials overseen by a director.
None will be based in the UK, with Manche ruled by the French, Atlantic by the Portuguese and North Sea by the Danes.
The regions have legal status and Manche has a budget of £261million between 2007 and 2013, Atlantic £127million and North Sea £219million.

Every project funded by a region must have a publicity campaign which ensures "there is provision for flying the EU flag at least one week every year".
Eric Pickles, the Conservatives' communities spokesman, said: "We already knew that Gordon Brown had hoisted the white flag of surrender to the European Constitution.
"Now the Labour Government has been caught red-handed conspiring with European bureaucrats to create a European superstate via the back door.
"Gordon Brown literally wants to wipe England off the map."
But a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government insisted: "It has nothing to do with altering names on maps.
"It is about support for business, helping boost employment and turning around deprived areas... helping firms in Kent do business with people in Northern France or promoting joint tourism initiatives between different countries."
The move came as Gordon Brown ordered that all UK Government buildings with two flag poles should fly the cross of St George alongside the union banner.
It follows a review of flag flying practices. Number 10 will in future fly the Scottish and Welsh flags on their patron saints' days.
Northern Ireland does not have an official national flag, and so the same practice will not apply on St Patrick's Day.
"The Prime Minister's view is that of course we should celebrate our Britishness, but celebrating our Britishness does not mean we cannot also celebrate our Englishness, Scottishness, Welshness or Northern Irishness," said the spokesman.
The English flag last flew over Downing Street during the 2006 World Cup.


Here's a sample of the latest comments published. You can click view all to read all comments that readers have sent in.

"Why bother this poor country is finished!-
I think we should declare a revolution, war on the EU, and the sort out the Scots on the way back. No I am not joking. We have to get off our backsides and sort this lot out, because for sure this government only know one thing. That is to draw their wages and claim their expenses."


" wonder how long it will be before Gordon flies the European Flag to celebrate our total capitulation and Tony's new job as president."

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