People were bristling at the idea of bells and flags for Prince Andrew’s birthday – 9 ringing takedowns
On the 19th of February, Prince Andrew will turn 60. As he is the son of the Queen, the government felt it would be appropriate for councils to fly the Union Flag on that day, and they out sent a reminder.
Government orders councils to fly Union Jack flags for Prince Andrew's birthday.
Welcome to Boris Johnson’s “golden age” https://t.co/UNs8ZOMuk2
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) February 6, 2020
Although the advice was pulled later the same day due to complaints, Westminster Abbey confirmed that bells would be rung for the occasion.
Bells to ring out at Westminster Abbey to mark Prince Andrew's 60th birthday https://t.co/BbCB5udoJy
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 6, 2020
With controversy surrounding Prince Andrew over his friendship with convicted sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, as well as allegations he strongly denies of both sexual offences and refusal to cooperate with an FBI investigation, Twitter weighed in on the suggested celebrations.
You know who deserves their birthday to be celebrated with bells ringing out in Westminster Abbey more than Prince Andrew? Literally anybody who hasn't been having week long break up parties with convicted paedophiles and claiming they can't be a nonce because they don't sweat.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) February 6, 2020
Nothing to see here, just the established church ringing the bells of one of its most important buildings to celebrate the birthday of a guy whose defence to allegations of noncery was, “Um, I don’t remember,” and, “Pizza Express.”
All lovely and normal.https://t.co/vVewPuEd2O
— 🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈 (@SpillerOfTea) February 6, 2020
I wouldn't. https://t.co/yTKBLSGE6R
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) February 6, 2020
At last! A reason to tweet the much under-used 'don't ring the bells' emoji! 🔕🔕🔕🔕 https://t.co/3iEPOmciU4
— James Farrell (@jamesgfarrell) February 6, 2020
Aye alarm bells https://t.co/eOItULLpzw
— Cat Boyd (@kittycatboyd) February 6, 2020
Fuck it, let's go for broke and have a peal every Halloween for Savile's birthday. https://t.co/2Ef8dpU5AJ
— Louis Barfe and his Harmonica Gang (@AlanKelloggs) February 6, 2020
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) February 6, 2020
I see reports that town halls have been instructed to "fly the flag" for Prince Andrew's birthday on Feb 19th. Town halls tend to show the flag all the time anyway but I note that he will be 60, roughly equivalent to the combined ages of four of Jeffrey Epstein's victims.
— Paul (@PaulOnBooks) February 6, 2020
The only places that should be flying the Union Jack for Prince Andrew’s 60th birthday on 19 February are Pizza Express in Woking and maybe an anti-perspirant factory
— Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) February 6, 2020
Before the government’s flag ruling had been unceremoniously lowered and thrown in a bin, Liverpool City Council was leading the rallying cry against it.
Government: 'Fly this flag to mark the 60th birthday of Prince Andrew'
— Liam Thorp (@LiamThorpECHO) February 6, 2020
Now, that’s a Northern Powerhouse.