Dennis Canavan is only partly correct when he says that the Saltire is not political. As a national flag, it is inherently political in the sense that it represents a political entity. The essentially political nature of a national flag cannot be denied. Flying a national flag is a political statement.
What the Saltire most definitely isn’t is a party political symbol. The Saltire represents the nation and people of Scotland. The whole nation and all the people. It does not belong to any political party. It has never been claimed by the SNP as its emblem.
To prohibit the display of the Saltire in Scotland is wrong. There is no context in which the flying of the Saltire in Scotland can be inappropriate. There are no circumstances in which displaying the Saltire on Scottish soil can be improper. There is no protocol which justifies forbidding the use of the Saltire in Scotland.
To say that the Saltire is “too political” is to say that it is excessively Scottish. How can that be possible? What is the limit on Scottishness? What are the criteria applied in assessing this Scottishness? By what authority might any official claim to be the final arbiter in the matter?
Don’t be so bloody ridiculous! It’s Scotland’s flag! It belongs anywhere and everywhere in Scotland.