Actually, we were laughing at Robert Jenrick, not his tiny flag | David Mitchell

Actually, we were laughing at Robert Jenrick, not his tiny flag | David Mitchell

The Guardian

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The row over the housing secretary’s union jack is further evidence of the government’s leaden approach to national pride

Do you know the United Kingdom is the only country that doesn’t put its name on its postage stamps? What a disgrace! Has the government no national pride? Does the public not rightly expect the voluminous output of those hard and prominent scarlet erections in which our streets rejoice to be marked with the name of the great civilisation from which they have spurted forth?

I don’t really think “United Kingdom” should be written on the stamps, but not because I’m unpatriotic. The reason Britain is the only country without its name on its stamps is that it was the first country to issue stamps at all. Other countries subsequently put their names on their stamps to distinguish them from ours. Stamps, unless specifically stated otherwise, are assumed to be British.

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