Flies from a non-existent pole
On the roof of my home.
Whatever that hard-to-define 'Britishness' is,
Which shows me not native of Melbourne,
Or Paris, Kolkata, Quito, Cadiz,
I own it; I'm British, and happy to be.
A flag's just a symbol, but 'round the world
That symbol, somehow, represents me.
Which is why, Gentle Reader, I would like to point out that my own personal flag, were it to actually exist, would not have been flown at half mast yesterday, in a craven display of remorse over the death of a tyrant, merely because his country sits on vast reserves of oil.
Neither my lickspittle government nor my unwanted, over-privileged and anachronistic so-called 'royal' family, and nor, especially, my equally unwanted, over-privileged and anachronistic state church, represent me in this matter. I see no cause to celebrate the death of a human being, but neither do I see any cause to make a pretence of mourning for a tyrant.
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