Flags grew out of the walls in America post 9/11, and it is this spirit which Mr Brown wants to inculcate in Britain. The problem is that the flag in the drawers of The Sun's readers is white with a red cross on it. Thanks to Labour's policy of Scottish devolution, English identity is clearer now in England than ever before. It's not something I welcome: like many expatriate Scots I'm very fond of the Union Flag. But I’d be interested to see how many red white and blue flags there are outside those owned by prom-goers or official buildings.