When I see people in America saluting the flag and stating their allegiance to their great country it brings on laughter, mainly because it's so false, it's cringe making.
The suggestion that we should have a citizenship ceremony as is being suggested is right up there with the crazies, it's a whole load of garbage.
Lord Goldsmith suggests Citizenship ceremonies at the age of 18, he wants everyone to swear allegiance to Queen and country.
The words swear and Queen often come to mind but not in the way he suggests, he did concede however that this would be impossible in Northern Ireland.
There are many republicans in Britain who would never accept an allegiance to the Queen or anyone else who is unelected, many are of course obliged to do this by force or they would not be allowed to join the Military or the Police or become MP's etc.
Perhaps though this would get wee Alex (the spiv) to come off the fence, it would be hilarious to see him come up with some hoax which would allow him to remain a humble servant of the British Monarchy, and the Prime Minister of an independent Scotland.
When I'm abroad I tell people I'm British for 3 reasons 1/ it's true and 2/ it saves time and 3/ I couldn't care less about such matters so I just make it as easy as possible.
When at home or in England I say Scottish and if English people knowing I'm Scottish ask me where I'm from I usually say Glasgow just to save time so origins don't mean a lot to me.
Flags, Allegiances and Anthems are divisive and cause no end of trouble, I would scrap the lot and replace every flag with 1 depicting the planet earth and replace all the anthems with 1 which celebrates our common humanity, I would gladly swear allegiance to that.
This would put an end to all bickering about origin and race as the last time I checked we were all from earth and were all human, "if you prick me do I not bleed" said Shylock and he was right. I say this despite some of the people who write to my blog.
We should dump this idea before it starts.