DH has the Scottish flag on his license plate, but then he had no problems announcing my Englishness to the <predominantly Scottish> row watching Braveheart at the local cinema ......
I don't really know where I stand on this one - I don't find individual national pride divisive, but I know there are sections of society where it can be a rallying point for trouble... vive la difference, I say.
I think it's less associated with the BNP than it used to be tbh.
But perhaps that's because I'm older than you. I don't know if I am, I'm 42, but when I was growing up you literally never saw the English flag unless it was in connection with an NF rally or something. Ever since the European cup in the early 90's when it was appropriated more by football fans, it has actually lost some of the fascist connotations it used ot have, IMO (though not all)
I saw a house festooned with the English flag during recently. It was the weekend of the lovely BNP festival that was taking place nearby.
I almost did an emergency stop when I saw it and narrowed my eyes at them. Then I saw that the flags were for the olympics I felt awful. Those bastards have taken over our flag and made me feel that I couldn't use it if I wanted to.
I'm not British so don't really know about the use of the flag, but would like to ask another question.
How do people feel about their national flag being used as a logo on trainers, underwear, beach towels, t-shirts, etc.? I was brought up to believe you always treated the flag with respect, and it only flys from a flag pole from sunrise to sunset, and is taken down and stored respectfully. So I find the use of the flag distasteful otherwise, but no one I know seems to have a problem with it. Am I odd?