Monday, January 22, 2007

Of Flags and T-shirts.........


Andrew Robb may well be feeling the effects of wedgie burn as he gallantly unfurled the flag for the govenments next election bid. Faced with the decision by the organisers of The Big Day Out to limit the carrying of the Australian flag because "in recent times, there has been an increased incidence of flags brandished aggressively and this has led to increased tension. Our only intention in discouraging this activity at the Big Day Out is to ensure that our patrons are not subjected to this aggressive behaviour"* and his belief that the ban should be halted or the event cancelled , he was forced to inadvertently defend the right of an expatriate Australians' wish to wear a t-shirt carrying the pictured message.

On todays Jon Faine show he was caught with no room to wriggle as Allen Jasson had just drawn attention to his bid to return to England with garb, considered so offensive by Qantas and Virgin security, that they had previously refused to let him on board their aeroplanes. The right to wear or carry the flag can hardly be restricted but so also the individuals wish to carry whatever message they like on their t-shirt. God damn it, if you are in the slightest bit logical you just can't have it both ways. Unless of course you are John Howard.

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