The National – the first daily newspaper in Scotland to support Scottish independence – used a Freedom of Information request to ask the 32 councils how many national flags they have in use and in storage on August 26. Three-quarters provided a breakdown of their numbers, four said they did not hold the information while the remaining four did not respond. But from the 24 who did respond, the analysis does not make good reading from Nationalists, as the councils had 151 Union flags compared to 135 Saltire flags.
The Scottish Borders were found to have the highest total number of flags (47) and the highest number of Union flags (29).
Orkney has 20 Union flags, Argyll and Bute follows behind with 15 while Moray, of which Scottish Conservative leader and pro-Union supporter Douglas Ross is the MP, has the highest number of Saltires (20).
The analysis revealed 11 councils have the same number of both Union flags and Saltires.
Other than Argyll and Bute (15 each), Aberdeenshire has 10 of each flag and Dundee seven of each.
Clackmannanshire and South Lanarkshire both only have one flag of each.
Shetland had five Union flags and just two Saltires, North Ayrshire has one Union flag to two Saltires, while on the flipside, South Ayrshire has one Saltire to two Union flags.
The staggering finding of Scottish councils having more UK flags than Saltires has stunned Nationalists on social media.
But that fury has been brutally torn apart by Unionists, with Twitter user @christiancalgie writing: “Nationalism’s a hell of a drug.
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@PaulaDocherty5 added: “Well Sturgeon should have got Scottish flag instead of wasting money on EU flags.”
The Scottish Government sets out guidance over which flags can be flown on its own Government buildings and when this should happen.
For example, the Saltire flag should be flown on St Andrew’s day, while the Union flag is used for Remembrance Day.
The guidance reads: “On buildings that only have one flagpole; the Rainbow, Commonwealth, European, Autistic Pride, Armed Forces Day, Red Ensign, Transgender, World AIDS Day flags should be flown.
“Where a building has two or more flagpoles, the Saltire should also be flown.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the ruling SNP are pressing ahead with plans for a Scottish independence referendum.
This is despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting the result from the referendum vote in 2014 must stand and was a “once in a generation event”.
More than seven years ago, Scots voted by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent against independence.
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