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Monday, 2 December 2013

Myth - Wales isn't represented on the Union Rag

There is a myth that many people in Wales believe, they believe that Wales isn't represented on the Union Rag. And that is nonsense. Just in case anyone doesn't know the Union Rag in its current form was drawn up in 1801 but other variants have existed since the 1600s. The current design features the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick. St Patrick is used since Ireland was part of the 'union' back then.
So no Wales then?
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People think that Wales is ignored, it's not. Wales is represented by the red cross of England's patron saint. Back when it was drawn up Wales was treated as a region of England after our entire legal system was annexed to England in the 1500s. Many would argue that little has changed since then.

The current design for the Union Rag was drawn up in 1801, which is 55 years after the Wales and Berwick Act of 1746. This act created a statutory definition of England as including England, Wales and Berwick-upon-Tweed. No disrespect to the people of Berwick-upon-Tweed but the idea that the nation of Wales should be reduced to the same level as a small border town is as derisory as the notion that we are just a region of England.
From the National Museum Wales
So there you have it, Wales' legal system was annexed into England in the 1500s and then the Wales and Berwick act formalised it. Some people would rather go on believing that Wales isn't represented on the Union Rag as it's arguably easier to accept that this is the case instead of accepting the truth.

The truth is this, the Union Rag represents the Wales that was conquered, colonised, annexed and subjugated for centuries, it represents Wales as a region of England. So if you are one of those so called Welsh people that likes the Union Rag then at least fly it knowing that you are a spineless, sycophantic traitor.

Personally I'll stick to the dragon, a symbol that has represented Wales for over a thousand years.

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