But what was that behind him? There was an outcry from the Australian side of the sofa: "That's not an Australian flag! It's horrible".
And I looked and agreed. Something didn't look right.
So I investigated (ie, had a look on google and fiddled with a pic from the podium). Here's what the flag looked like according to FOM:
I'd be very unhappy if it was my national flag, and frankly the Union Flag quadrant does look nasty here - although it's actually quite close to the 5:3 aspect ration commonly used on land for the Union Flag. At sea, the ratio is apparently normally 2:1, like the Australian flag, which is not surprising as the Australian flag is based on the design of the White/Red Ensigns that you'll see on ships of the British Royal/Merchant Navies.
Given that Bernie is normally such a stickler for detail, I'm very surprised that he allows this sort of thing. Can we go back to real flags over the podium please?