From the BBC online
An Angus councillor has made a festive plea to his colleagues to dump plans to fly a new flag outside council buildings.
Sandy West has sent all 15 members of the ruling administration a Christmas gift of a book on the history of Scotland’s flags.
Earlier this year the council debated replacing the saltire with a county coat of arms.
It was later agreed that new flag poles would be built so both could be flown.
The decision has so angered Cllr West, the SNP member for Montrose, that he bought the books for the councillors making up the Angus Alliance.
He told BBC Scotland: “I wrote in them ‘Happy Christmas’ and I have no problem in wishing the Angus Alliance a happy and merry Christmas in the season of good will to all men.
“But what I also put in was ‘a happy and enlightened new year, hoping that by the time they’ve read through this book, which I hope they do, they’ll maybe be that wee bit more enlightened in respect of the saltire, which some of them disgracefully refer to as ‘that cross’.”
Plans to replace the saltire caused anger among many locals in Angus and elsewhere.
More than 2,000 people have signed an online petition against the idea.
Cllr West said: “I’m sure if they [the Angus Alliance] had any gumption that they would quietly drop it and go away and forget about it.
“Take a wee thought to yourselves, realise that one of the laws of politics is when you’re in a hole stop digging.
“I appeal to these people, you got it wrong, you did not realise the strong feeling that people have for the saltire, the Scottish flag.”
However, council leader Bob Myles has defended the new flag.
He said: “The coat of arms represented on the flag has been proudly used for decades by Angus Council and its predecessor authorities, to promote the county at home and overseas.
“The new flag is a symbol of the pride we have in Angus and flying it on our main buildings alongside the saltire will promote the county’s unique identity as well as its place in Scotland.”