Big thanks to @CSbungo for the idea for this blog post and for alerting me to many unnecessary Union Jacks in Scotland!
Just as a starter for 10: the actual development of this post was sparked by the latest Pepperberry women’s clothing catalogue which arrived on my mat a couple of weeks ago. I’ve started off the collection of #unnecessaryunionjacks images on the Village Aunties Pinterest board with pictures from that catalogue. For example (and yes, every model in the entire catalogue is white and thin, surprise surprise), see the picture below. I’d like your help to gather more examples; read on!
So. The ramping up of British nationalism over the past few years has been palpable across the UK, and a flood of Union Jacks and related imagery has been evident. Clearly it serves a number of conservative, capitalist and reactionary purposes, not just that of trying to convince Scottish people not to vote for independence. However, the ubiquity of Union Jacks in Scotland feels extra intrusive now that we have an independence referendum coming.
Anyway, so sick am I of seeing Union Jacks popping up in all kinds of ridiculous and unnecessary places in Scotland, I figured I would address this with a blog post simply observing and collecting images of where they are found. I’ve engaged Twitter (with the hashtag #unnecessaryunionjacks), Facebook, and my Pinterest account’s Village Aunties board to start gathering images and links. And now I’m putting this blog post up as a holding space to be filled in later as new pics and stories come in, for the sake of you who only engage here. Just a bit of Easter weekend fun, and hopefully a more colourful, less wordy blog post than usual.
So start sending me pics, or stories of things you couldn’t snap photies of, including instances where you’ve seen an unnecessary Union Jack in a TV programme that broadcasts to the whole UK, or even one that is Scotland-only. What do I mean by unnecessary? I will leave that up to you but I may end up exercising some editorial control; for instance, a news story on an Orange March should probably include images of Union Jacks!
Thanks to Alexander Belic on Twitter for alerting me to this news story about Asda asking its suppliers not to use Union Jack packaging for fear of “offending” Scottish and Northern Irish customers. It’s the Daily Mail, so who knows how accurate it is, but interesting nonetheless. Links and stories like this welcome to round out this post.