It has emerged that the Union Flag (or Union Jack depending on your salty views) has been flying above Parliament upside down for weeks.
When a flag is intentionally flown upside down, it usually means that a distress signal is being sent out.
The bizarre subject was brought up during proceedings in the House of Commons with Jacob Rees-Mogg describing the news as “deeply troubling” – in a tongue-in-cheek manner of course.
Tory MP Robert Courts shared the news during a debate in the House of Commons. He said:
“I wouldn’t want to be seen to be too much of a stickler for these things, but the Union Jack above Portcullis House has been flying upside down for some time now.”
“This could be a mistake.
“I doubt that the building has surrendered to anybody, but could we have the debate in government time as to whether in fact, the building is in distress or whether its the MPs within it that are in distress?”
Mr Rees-Mogg said:
“This is a deeply troubling matter that the Union Jack should be flying upside down.”
After being jeered for referring to the flag as the ‘Union Jack’, Rees-Mogg said:
“Oh, dear, oh dear, oh dear. The pedants are wrong; it is the Union Jack and has been referred to for many centuries.
“There is this pedantic but erroneous view that it should be called the Union flag and it is used by people who are more pedantic than they are wise.”
“I’m sorry that this has happened, I’m glad it’s been brought to the attention of the House authorities, I imagine that someone is, as we are speaking, going to correct this because I see the clerk of the House of Commons is taking action immediately and things do sometimes happen swiftly, and I assure you that members of Parliament are not in distress.”
With everything that is going on at the moment, then I would not be surprised if it was, in fact, a prearranged signal for help.
Although, I am not sure who (or what) could help us?
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