» Wednesday, June 7, 2006


Asked by the Scotsman what would the Prime Minister say to people in Scotland, (i.e. the Scotsman News Desk), who worried that by displaying the Cross of St. George above Downing Street, he was sending a signal that said that one of the constituent nations in the UK was more highly viewed than the others, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that there was only one nation in the countries that made up the UK that was taking part in this year’s World Cup, and therefore it was right to recognise the significance of that occasion. We obviously wished that there were more countries taking part in the World Cup. Unfortunately Northern Ireland, despite beating England, did not make it the World Cup, and unfortunately Scotland and Wales were in the same position.

Asked when was the last time that the Saltire flag was flown at No10, and were there any plans to do so, the PMOS said that hopefully, when it came to the next World Cup, that was the dilemma that someone would face.

Asked if the PMOS was suggesting that Gordon Brown would definitely be at No10 in four years time, the PMOS said no. What he was saying was that hopefully, it was a dilemma that whoever was in Downing Street at the period would have to face then.

Asked if we would fly the flag at half mast if it "went pear shaped", the PMOS said that we would mourn as a nation.

Asked if the Prime Minister would be wearing a St. George’s tie, the PMOS said that as he had said this morning, the answer was the same. It was a "no" to ties, full stop.

Asked if the flag was already flying, the PMOS said that it would fly on match days.

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