Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Press Release:Flag Victory as Council concedes defeat

Press Release
13th December 2005
The People's No Campaign

" Cross of St. George Flag Victory...
Council concedes defeat and the EU Flag will not be flown."

Another victory for The People's No Campaign and a victory for England. A victory that will have implications for all other Local Authorities across the country who are flying the EU Flag unlawfully.

Wear Valley District Council has succumbed to people pressure and abandoned its attempt to replace the Cross of St. George with the EU Flag.

The row, which erupted in September surrounded the flying of the EU Flag by Wear Valley District Council. Campaigners Neil Herron and Jim Tague successfully forced the District Council to remove of the EU 'Ring of Stars' as it is classed as 'an outdoor advertisement' and not the flag of a nation state and therefore needs planning consent. It was also argued that to fly the EU Flag was using public money to promote a political project which falls foul of local authority guidelines.

The Cross of St. George was proudly erected outside the Civic Offices replacing the EU Flag.

However, Wear Valley DC then applied to itself for planning permission to fly the EU Flag and this permission was granted with a unanimous decision by elected councillors present at the planning committee.
One must question the political motives behind the desire to fly the EU Flag, but members of the Labour controlled council include Olive Brown. the North East's alternate member on the EU's Committee of the Regions.

A meeting was convened for Tuesday 13th December between Director of Housing, Michael Laing, the Council Officer responsible, Freedom of Information Officer, Lawrence Serewicz and Jim Tague and Neil Herron where a number of questions, proposals and an ultimatum were put to the officers.

Mindful of the massive national publicity and furore surrounding the attempted removal of the Cross of St. George it was decided that the EU Flag would not be flown and the Cross of St. George would continue to fly alongside the Union Flag and the Wear Valley District Council flag.
The campaigners agreed to this and allowed the concession that the EU Flag could be flown on one day...May 9th, classed as 'Europe Day.'

Neil Herron, Campaign Director states, " I must commend Council Officer, Michael Laing, for correctly standing up to political pressure. Local authority guidelines prevent the use of public money to promote political projects or influence the public to hold a political opinion. Wear Valley District Council's aspiration to become the best District Council in England has taken a massive leap forward by continuing to fly the Cross of St. George and abandon the flying of the EU Flag. Let us hope that many others follow the lead and put people before politics and patriotism before political correctness."

Jim Tague, Wear Valley Co-ordinator states, "This is a victory for people power and a victory for common sense. In such politically correct times this is an extremely brave decision by an officer of Wear Valley District Council to give the English flag such prominence. It will now only be removed on the instructions of politicians with an obvious pro-EU agenda. Councils across the rest of the country will hopefully follow this lead.I look forward to my Council becoming the best District Council in England."

Michael Laing did comment that should the flag disappear unannounced it may be due to the fact that he has agreed to take it home from time to time to wash it! Most certainly this goes well beyond the call of duty and must be commended.



Neil Herron
0191 565 7143
07776 202045

Jim Tague
07704 664223

Notes for Editors:

The People's No Campaign is a growing 'umbrella' campaign group opposed to all forms of unacceptable and unaccountable governance.
More can be seen at http://www.thepeoplesnocampaign.co.uk/

The People's No Campaign has grown out of the Metric Martyrs and the North East No Campaign (massively defeated Prescott in last year's elected assembly referendum).
The group also created the No Campaign against the European Constitution.
Neil Herron along with Steven Thoburn were European Campaigners of the Year in 2001 with the Metric Martyrs Campaign beating Head of the European Central Bank, Wim Duisenberg, and his launch of the Euro Notes and Coins.

More recent successes include the exposing of unlawful decriminalised parking regimes forcing the repayment of tens of thousands of pounds taken unlawfully from motorists.

Recent Press Reports:

Can this really be the end for the St. George Flag?

Ring of Stars Equal to Union Jack?


Tim said...

Neil and Jim - Well done and congratulations!

Archi said...

"Vision, Value & Pride"

After many British cities decided not to "offend" other cultures by putting up Christmas lights. And, after hearing that the Birmingham council changed its opinion and let a Muslim woman have her picture on her driver's license with her face covered. It prompted this editorial written by a UK citizen.
Which was published in a British tabloid newspaper. As follows:


Take It or Leave It I am tired of his nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual
or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks in London, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Brits.

However, the dust from the attacks has barely settled and the "politically correct" crowd begins complaining about the possibility that our patriotism is offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Britain. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.

This idea of London being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Britons, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own

This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.

We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!

"In God We Trust" is our National Motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.

If St. George's cross offends you, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from.

This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.

If you want to go into Europe then just go! It’s really simple, there are over 700 flights a day and a tunnel that leads you right there!

If you don't like the Americans or our long-lasting friendship with them................go to Europe! The USA are by far our closest allies (and they almost speak the same language), they have proved it twice with the spilling of their Sons blood and we rightfully should and by God will retain this allegiance.

If you don't like the GBP (Great British Pound...you'll notice the word "Great" in there) Then try the Euro! (See above)

But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our National Motto, Our Way of Life, Our Allies and Our Currency I highly encourage you take advantage of one other
great British freedom, "THE RIGHT TO LEAVE".

If you aren't happy here then go!! We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.

Pretty easy really, when you think about it.

I figure if we all keep passing this to our friends (and enemies) it will also, sooner or later get back to the complainers, lets all try, please.

Anonymous said...

Well done Neil, Jim & the rest of the team.

Now let's see this news broadcast loudly across England & the rest of the UK.

Mark, Durham

wonkotsane said...

Well done James and Neil. Here's to the next victory. :)

Anonymous said...

First they inore you,then they laugh at you, then they fight you,then you win.
Well done Neil, Jim and all involved.

Anonymous said...

Well done, Neil and Jim.

I'm glad Wear Vally Council has finally seen sense. Now how about getting to work on some of the region's other councils that fly the EU flag? Gateshead regularly does.

As for your campainging name (the People's No campaign): can I humbly make a suggestion? Drop the 'No' as it makes your activism look so negative and reactionary.

The People's Campaign sounds so much better and much more positive and patriotic.

Good luck in all your endeavours.

Kevin Scott
North East BNP

DirtCrashr said...


Frances Howard said...

I have seen this flag displayed in the school where I work.
There are no other flags on display. The national curriculum is pro Europe!

Anonymous said...

fantastic news!!!! 'little' people can make a difference.

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