Posted by Kit on April 28, 2011 at 13:15:14:
In Reply to: re: queen visit posted by Yes-We-Do on April 28, 2011 at 09:32:40:
We have the Union Jack in the corner of our blue white and red nation flags both here in Australia and in New Zealand, moreover we also have the Monarchy as our figure head of state.whatever we had before 1901 the British the british governmens of the day made it so, and we lived on the other side of the Globe, where such items like nails or bottles or a lenght of rope were not to be had if it did not come off a merchant ship from the Old country. Australia has been a home to many Irish people when the british flag was the only flag they or their parents forebares eversaw in their own lifetimes. Things turn out better if allowed to blow over smoothly by turning a blind eye occasionally. We all know that not everything in the past was satisfactory for society as a whole but many tings are fixed slowly over time, usually changes are for the better and people want to live in a country of equal opportunity,and this country has changed by welcoming the better part of what people can offer it. Many Irish people are only too happy to make it their home if they marry and raise children here. there is no reason to complain about the choice of flag we fly or even if we vote to have a Republic one day, I still think people do not like changing colours like a chameleon lizard. there in no perfect European nation that anyone could say was a perfect example of what passed for Civilization that we should emulate, nor has Ireland a template or a panacea that would please all of the foreign nationals who find a better quality of life here so we should not want to mock our own public instutions. It is people's thinking and old world attitudes preduces that need to morph toward amelioration, so saying, good fruits can only be borne from good trees, everything has to work by osmosis if we have good intensions for a peaceful existance with our multiracial country that we have now become and those newcomers understand that they came here for other reasons and are seldom heard to complain about our flag or the use of the English language, and I feel certain that they take comfort from been united under a flag that was not the one they were familiar with in their homelands, but respect it nonetheless as they have been accustomed to seeing it fly aloft. they certainly never refer to it as the butcher's apron, and the young Irish that are coming here should regard the flag as their own whilst residing here, it's australias call when or why the flag should change and I think it will change as we move in that general direction to please our combined nationalities to make them feel more fully integrated.
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