Scores of Scotland Yard officers are in open revolt after being banned from wearing Union Flag badges in support of British troops.To whom? And why?
Met chiefs have decreed that the tiny emblems – which cost £1 with proceeds going to charity – must be removed after a complaint that they are offensive.
The report doesn’t say, only that ‘a complaint’ was received. So one malicious or ignorant little troublemaker gets to set policy for the Met?
A petition has been launched on the Downing Street website demanding they be allowed to wear the badges, which are to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and the Help for Heroes charity.Good! I’ll be signing it, and I’ve put the link at the foot of this post.
Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: ‘The decision to forbid police officers from joining the rest of the country in showing support for those who are fighting for their country is nothing less than shameful.’And it looks like some police, at least, have finally had enough.
Officers at Heathrow were also ordered to take down a Union Flag hoisted on June 27 – Armed Forces Day – because it was not an ‘approved ensign’. Strict rules are in place about when the Union Flag can be flown at individual police stations.Not only that, they damage the reputation of the police and increase the number of civilians who no longer view them as ‘our police’ but rather as representatives of an increasingly out-of-touch ruling elite.
Mr Smyth added: ‘These orders from senior officers are legal and must be obeyed. They are, however, also completely crass.’
Because their double-standards have been noticed…
Mr Smyth said senior officers routinely turn a blind eye to constables wearing gay pride ribbons when they go on marches.Well, of course they do! Those are favoured causes, and as such, are exempt from ‘the rules’.
More evidence of this is in the flag dispute:
In February, Scotland Yard was hit by another row over political correctness after the Union Flag hanging outside a police station was replaced by a gay rights flag to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history month.So, rules are only there until politically inconvenient, and they can then be dispensed with, while maintaining them for causes that are not politically convenient.
This is despite Met rules stating that only the Union Flag and its own flag can fly from force buildings.
The Downing Street petition is here.
Update: They've backed down.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has made an "exception" to the force's dress code by allowing officers to display union jack badges.
Sir Paul's intervention came after about 2,700 people signed an online petition on the Number 10 website.