The BBC has been rightly lambasted for its facile TV coverage of the Royal Pageant on the Thames, part of the celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. From the moment Paul Dickenson referred to “Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth”, I knew that we were in for more examples of declining BBC reporting standards.
The Jubilee celebrations around the country also showed, yet again, the appalling ignorance in the UK of how to fly our country’s flag. The Union Flag is not the same whichever way you hang it, people! The broad white band should be uppermost next to the mast or flagpole. The other way up is officially a sign of distress (at least, for mariners) and, while some might say that the inverted flag reflects the country’s current economic difficulties, I say we should all make the extra effort to check – and get it right!