Since the Union Jack is a combination of the flag of St. George and that of St. Andrew, will it be banned as well?
“By George! How very unpatriotic,” from the Salford Advertiser, with thanks to dun:
IN the run-up to the football World Cup, spoilsport New Prospect bosses have banned workers from flying England flags.
A letter has been sent from assistant director of property services John Rule, telling managers to instruct staff that maintenance workers using New Prospect’s fleet must not fly any “unauthorised accessories, namely the flag of St George”.
The letter goes on to add that while “those amongst us who support the England football team in the forthcoming World Cup wish the team every success,” the flags were inappropriate and “can seriously compromise the health and safety of our own employees and members of the public“.
The draconian line taken by New Prospect — in charge of Salford City Council’s stock of 27,000 council homes — has infuriated workers who simply want to demonstrate their support for the national team.
Many say the move is just another example of political correctness and pointless bureaucracy.
One New Prospect worker said: “It’s a shame but symptomatic of the excessively politically correct world in which we now live.”
“However, Salford is increasingly becoming a multi-cultural city and the council has to be sensitive to how residents of other nationalities would react to England flags being displayed.”
The partner of another New Prospect employee, who is upset at the decision, said: “I just think it’s absolutely disgraceful that you can’t support your own team. It’s another step in a long list of things you can no longer do to show your support for your country. This is just political correctness — what other reason could there be?…”