In the comments to that last article, PeterJ states that the basic story is untrue, that the EU are not forcing town halls to fly their flag. Maybe it's not true. The reliability of the media certainly does not encourage easy belief these days. It's credible though, and its timing - and the timing of Europe Day - is interesting.
May 8th was VE day. The letters stand for 'Victory in Europe' and the day marks the end of the second world war. Pat Nurse noticed. I didn't because I have no living relatives left who were involved. That could just be me - there have been years when I've forgotten my own birthday because there was nobody nearby to remind me.
Did the whole country just let it pass unremarked? No, as a quick search finds schools and councils setting up events to mark the date all over the place. Here's just one.
Yet if you look in the news, not one of our own events is even mentioned. 'Victory in Europe' day is now supplanted by 'Europe Day'.
The Daily Wail covers the Russian parades to mark the date and reading that article, you could be forgiven for thinking that Russia alone fought the Nazis while the rest of the world stood by. No mention of any British remembrance events. None. Instead we hear about 'Europe day', a distraction that worked particularly well on most of us, including me.
There were events to mark the date at a local level but no mention in the press and not a peep out of the politicians. Well, nobody expects anything honourable from the politicians any more, they ditched 'honour' years ago. As for the news, well, with all that's going on in the world you could forgive them for overlooking town-hall tea parties and school assemblies. It would be understandable if the press missed the date.
But they didn't, did they? They reported, with lots of pictures of impressive hardware, on the Soviet parade marking the day they defeated Hitler. What they missed, even in that article, was every other country's involvement.
So it's likely that PeterJ is right, that the 'smile or be fined' Europe day is a lie. The Mail demonstrated in that article just how far we can trust the press. About as far as you could spit a badger.
I can understand our spineless politicians hushing up Nazi Stomping Day in case it offends their Europal counterparts. Every modern politician is weak and feeble and frightened of words. But the Mail? The Mail avoiding causing offence? It's what they live for. The Mail giving a full-on Guardian glorification of Communism? The Mail publishing an article that could have been written by Lenin?
What the hell is going on here?