Letter: Black mark for the colours of the Union flag

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Sir: One certainly sympathises with Peter Loosemore ('A bit of black is what Jack needs', Letters, 17 August) and his suggestion that black be included in the Union flag so as to mark the contribution of black people to the United Kingdom.

However, I must warn him that precedents are not encouraging, or logical.

Ireland is represented in the Union flag by the red diagonal cross of St Patrick even though the greater part of Ireland seceded years ago. Less happily for the Welsh, we are nowhere represented in the Union flag.

Many of us find our comfort in our own magnificent 'Draig Goch' (red dragon) and the imminent prospect of independence within the EC, which your paper has acknowledged (leading article, 9 August)]

Yours faithfully,

JONATHAN EDWARDS

Llandarog,

Dyfed

18 August

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