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Patriotism: The Union Jack

Anne McElvoy and Afua Hirsch, Graham Bartram, Andrew Rosindell, Ash Sarkar and John Bew explore the history and future of the Union Jack in a year which has seen the Brexit vote.

Anne McElvoy explores the history and possible future of the Union Jack or Union flag in a year which has seen the Brexit Vote.

With:
Graham Bartram - chief vexillologist at the Flag Institute, who grew up in Scotland, Northern Ireland and West Africa
John Bew - professor of history and foreign policy at Kings
Afua Hirsch - Sky News correspondent, writing a book called Brit(ish) which will be published next year
Ash Sarkar - a senior editor for Novara Media and who hosts an online video series #OMFGSarkar
Andrew Rosindell - Conservative MP for Romford and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Flags and Heraldry Committee
With contributions on the design from Jonathan Meades and Amber Butchart.

At the Conservative Party Conference Theresa May's speech argued that the establishment must stop sneering at the patriotism of ordinary Britons. With renewed discussions about Scottish independence in the wake of the Brexit vote, what might this mean for the idea of patriotism in Britain - and for the flag which was created in 1606 as 'the flag of Britain', and which gained the name 'Union' in 1625.

Part of a week-long focus on Free Thinking on the idea of patriotism and why politicians of all stripes are claiming that their parties are the most patriotic.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

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45 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Graham Bartram
Interviewed Guest John Bew
Interviewed Guest Afua Hirsch
Interviewed Guest Ash Sarkar
Interviewed Guest Andrew Rosindell
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Meades
Interviewed Guest Amber Butchart
Producer Eliane Glaser

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