The American flag is the focus of much national and nationalist feeling in the USA. The node flag burning amendment is a sample of the debate such feeling provokes. The Old Glory can be found in many American school classrooms, public offices and private homes. The affection and sentiment evoked in Americans by the Stars and Stripes has no parallel in the emotions of the traditionally patriotic, symbol-loving British, least of all the English. I personally would feel extremely intimidated if I entered a teacher's office or classroom, for example, and found the Union Flag prominently displayed there. The teacher speaks for the knowledge of past and present ages, not for the state that pays the bills. That, at least is the principle.

For the record, I work for a government-funded charity in central London, and there is not a Union Flag in sight in our office.