Thursday 8 December 2016

Tricolour gibe insult to nation

Published 18/09/2011 | 05:00

Sir -- Whether one has a revisionist or traditionalist view of the national flag, the Tricolour, the suggestion by the German European Commissioner for Energy, Gunther Ottinger -- one of Angela Merkel's sniffling Rottweilers -- that our national flag (and others) be flown at half-mast within the environs of the EU because of the state of our financial affairs, as a mark of international humiliation, and a warning to other nations, can hardly be said to be consistent with common decency, common courtesy, or common sense -- only something very common to the German national psyche, and that is a contemptible arrogance which transcends that of a national emblem, and clearly represents an insult to all the citizens of this nation.

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Pierce Martin,

Celbridge, Co Kildare

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