Flags matter, symbols matter, slogans matter. Would I have been quite such a jolly welshman if I hadn't grown-up seeing all the "Free Wales" slogans painted on walls in Mid-Wales during the 1960s. At least they showed that not everyone agreed with the status quo and that there was another point of view. Even today my heart lifts a little when I see Owain Glyndwr's banner fluttering in the streets of a border town or outside a cottage in some unexpected corner of Radnorshire. Indeed I wouldn't be surprised if one 1960s "Home Rule" slogan had more impact on the general population than any number of our modern-day blog posts. So I don't decry the part-time patriots of the National Stadium or the dressing-up associated with St David's day, better that than nothing at all.
The flag at the top of this post is a proposed Radnorshire flag which is being pushed by some (thanks to poster Fferllys for bringing it to my attention). It's a pretty design incorporating the boar's head of Elystan Glodrydd with the azure and gold colours of the Mortimer family. And there you have the problem. The Mortimers were petty conquistadores who attempted to steal the lands of the Radnorshire folk and murder their leaders and patriots. Why on earth would any Radnorian want to celebrate these rogues? Let them stay in Wigmore where they belong. At least the banner flown by the good folk of Llwyth Elystan - it's based on the arms of Cadwgan ab Elystan - has none of this Mortimer nonsense.
Of course there's a good chance that the Mortimer design could be adopted, after all Pembrokeshire already has a county flag which is seemingly flown from public buildings, you can even buy one on ebay. Oh and look how it's advertised
Isn't that the truth of the matter, these flags appeal to those who would prefer to live in the English county of Pembrokeshire?
Wales has a flag and let's not forget that it only achieved official recognition in 1959. The enemies of Wales have always seen the value of symbols, which is why they fought a rearguard action against Y Ddraig Goch, even trying to foist this monstrosity on the country as recently as the mid 1950s.