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Flag jibe is a huge insult

EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger suggestion that we fly our flag at half-mast in front of EU buildings in an exercise in humiliation over our debt is yet another clear indication of the arrogance of our German economic overseers.

We're saddled with debt and living in one of the most expensive countries in Europe so this latest swipe couldn't have been more off colour.

Oettinger and his ilk would do well to remember that the Germans were quite happy to take hand-outs in their own time -- and there is no room for arrogance in these testing times.