Wednesday, 2 June 2010

A Load Of England Flag Twaddle

Well, there's a big furore about England flags and the rest of it as all-bloody-ways. All part of a new style of life in England... namely, a culture of complaining about stuff that really doesn't matter (because you can't change the bigger things), and blaming the next man when you feel threatened by something.

Aaaaaaaanyway, long story short, here's an absolute pile of old shit that was published in the Worksop Guardian on May 21st.

'Take down your flags'
Outraged England World Cup fans are told they are 'causing offence'


By Sam Chetwynd

OUTRAGED football fans say police are telling them to take down their patriotic England flags ahead of the World Cup – because they are causing offence to foreign immigrants.
The Worksop Guardian has received calls from people claiming that police officers have asked them to take St George's flags down because of complaints.

"This is absolutely ridiculous and completely over the top," said one furious Worksop woman, who did not want her name or address published.
"I've had a couple of England flags outside my flat since St George's Day... but suddenly, this week I had a visit from two police officers who told me to take them down because they were upsetting foreign members of the community."
"I've never heard anything like it and I am not taking them down. I'm a big England football fan and this is my way of showing support for my team and my country."

Meanwhile Chris Gregory, 40, also from Worksop, said his friend was stopped in Lincoln by police and told to remove England flags draped across the back seat of the car.
He said: "It's absolutely ridiculous. It's not right that we aren't allowed any England flags."
"I've also heard that pubs and bars aren't allowing people in with football shirts on. Surely you should be allowed to wear what you want."

But police deny that they have asked anyone to remove flags in Worksop.
However they added that if they received a complaint from a member of the public "it would be dealt with on its own merit".
They said they could find no record of officers visiting the unnamed woman.
But the woman was adamant that the visit had taken place.

Ian Kettlewell, of Bull Dog Barbers on Gateford Road has flags, balloons and bunting in his shop.
He said: "It's nothing to do with racism or anything like that. We are supporting the England football team that hopefully is going to bring the World Cup home. It is as simple as that."
"As soon as the World Cup is over all the flags will be taken down. If the police or anybody else asked me to take them down before then, I will not do it."
"I've got some stuff up now and I'm going to put the rest up. My shop will be kitted out. It doesn't bother me, it's just for the football."

Sgt Gail Hart, from Worksop Neighbourhood Policing Team, said that officers "have not been directed to ask people to take their England flags down."
She added: "However, if we receive a complaint from a member of the public, we will treat each case individually on its own merit."
Lincolnshire Police said they had "no policy" about the display of England flags – as did Bassetlaw Council, who added they had not received any complaints.

This week Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins was forced to apologise to a pensioner after England flags strung across her street were cut down.
Doreen Carnelley, 74, said she had put the flags across Sturgeon Avenue, Nottingham, to mark the World Cup.
Officers said it was illegal to attach items to street lights and complaints were made. Mr Collins has since said it was an "error of judgement" and the flags will be put back up.

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Now.... I don't want to pick holes in this reeeeaaaally.... oh, who am I kidding, of course I do. This reads like a fucking Phoenix Nights outtake. I mean HONESTLY. What actual proof is there in ANY of that utter twaddle you've just read that indicates that even a shred of it is true?

Let's look at the evidence:

1. The Worksop Guardian has received calls from people about something or other.

2. A mystery "woman" who does not want her name or address published is "adamant" that she was visited by the police and told to take her flag down, even though the police have no record of this and have no idea what she's talking about.

3. "Chris Gregory" from Worksop says that "his friend" somewhere else (Lincoln) was asked to remove a flag from the back of his car.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm not sure that actually happened.

4. "Chris" says "I've also heard that pubs and bars aren't allowing people in with football shirts on."
Again, not a strong element of proof there. "I've heard..." really? REALLY, Chris?

5. "Ian Kettlewell" has "flags, balloons and bunting" in his shop although has not been asked to take them down.
Oooookaaaaaaayyyyyy.... and so what?

6. "Nottingham City Council leader Jon Collins was forced to apologise to a pensioner after England flags strung across her street were cut down."
...but not because they were England flags, because it's actually illegal to attach items to street lamps. Now they're back up again. Again... so what?

A very inflammatory article from the Worksop Guardian, in my opinion, filled with stupidity and no evidence of anything at all.

Read the article at the Worksop Guardian (source) here.

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