We said in our last Policy article about the importance of a British Day Bank Holiday that "No one policy, or event, is going to solve the problems of separatism. However, over time, things can be nudged in the right direction by policies, and events. Things like this may be a little thing in the grand scheme of things, but it is all the little things that the British Government is not doing, or not encouraging, which creates the big problem of separatism and which allows it to dominate."
That has to be remembered when we mention any of our Ideas.
Each thing, in itself, won't "fix things"; but it all adds up, and it all supports movement in the direction that we want to go.
Firstly, when we talk about a National Flagship, let's be clear what we are not talking about:
We are not talking about a "Royal Yacht".
The idea of a "Royal Yacht", specifically or largely for use by the Royal Family, is no longer a feasible proposition, nor is it even necessary in this day and age. Indeed, it is best that the Queen is not involved in any decisions regarding the matter.
Let's be clear what we are talking about:
We are talking about a National Flagship which is built in, and sourced from, all corners of the UK. It would be a travelling symbol of our unity, an icon of Britishness, a projection of national prestige on the world stage, and a showcase for Britain's design and environmentally-friendly manufacturing skills.
Britain has always been a maritime nation and a global trader. Post-Brexit, this National Flagship would build on the British maritime theme and could be used to promote Trade Deals world-wide. It would be a projectio