On his blog Tory AM Roger Evans tells of a question by Murad Qureshi asking the Mayor whether it wasÂ “time for a London flag similar to that which you see in Devon and Cornwall?”
I’m guessing Roger doesn’t take the issue too seriously and my own response on his blog was typed with tongue firmly in cheek. However Murad Qureshi may have a valid point – perhaps we should be better at marking London and the actions of the GLA?
Past London Governments had no reservations or shyness about promoting their impact and presence. London is marked with echoes of both the London County Council and Greater London Council.
Many boroughs still house flats, fire stations and schools adorned with the emblems of those organisations although sadly many of the individual shields are left uncared for and unkempt – witness the image to the right taken in Southwark just a few days ago.
Surely those ornate emblems of a civic London long lost are a more satisfying site than the current two-tone depiction of the word London which currently serves as the GLA logo.
In hindsight it was wrong to mock and invoke memories of ‘Passport to Pimlico’, if we want to build a sense of civic pride there are worse starting points than an emblem we can all be proud of.