I came across this paragraph from Newton Emerson in the Irish News (25 January):
Belfast's Sinn Fein Lord Mayor Mairtin O'Muilleoir has hosted a 'civic forum on poverty', although there is nothing Belfast City Council can do about poverty, including waiving its own rates (not that such a thing would ever be contemplated). Citing 'the extreme poverty associated with food banks' O'Muilleoir said, 'we spend a lot of time in the city of Belfast talking about flags'. This was an audacious statement from a man who famously complained about union flag labels on food in his local Sainsbury's.
So the next time Mairtin O'Muilleoir tries to present himself as the statesman who 'rises above such petty things as flags', just remind him of the little union flags he objected to in Sainsbury's.
Now there's someone who doesn't find it hard to be offended. It comes very naturally to the Sinn Fein councillor. It seems that a union flag the size of a postage stamp is too much for him to stomach..