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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:17 pm 
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http://www.examiner.com/article/pregnan ... s-provoked

why is it now wrong to carry a british flag in britain ?
the union jack is part of british culture.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 8:32 pm 
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The same way you cant support Help For Heroes if you work for
Morrisons these days.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:12 pm 
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Its crazy that a nations flag should provoke such a response. Only in the UK! :facepalm:


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:27 pm 
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I dunno. Try flying the Union Flag in Tehran and see how long it is before Theresa noose closing round your neck.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:45 pm 
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Or the Flemish flag in Wallonia


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:51 pm 
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"Response to claims about police conduct in Oldham.

Chief Superintendent Catherine Hankinson said:

"On Saturday 25 May 2013, police became aware that a number of people had gathered in Oldham town centre who were shouting and had flags, some of which were provoking passersby.

As a result there were tensions and some minor disorder.

While we will always allow and help facilitate peaceful protest, we felt that the actions of these people threatened our community cohesion, so it was our duty to do all we could prevent tensions from escalating.

Officers dealing with this altercation saw that a woman had a Union Flag and another flag which was highly inappropriate and in our view solely designed to further inflame tensions.

This woman was therefore taken to one side and the second flag was taken from her.

At no point was she arrested, or did she have her Union Flag confiscated from her.

We are aware of some videos and comments on social media relating to this matter and our Professional Standards Branch will make contact with the woman involved.""

http://www.gmp.police.uk/Content/Websit ... enDocument

Let us not let the facts get in the way of a bit of sensationalism though, aye?

"Morrisons said its dress code banned bracelets and pins.

Mr Austin, from Buckland, Portsmouth, had been asked by two other senior members of staff on Monday to remove the wristband.

A disciplinary letter from the firm said he was first asked to remove the poppy pin on his name badge, but refused to.

He was then spoken to by another member of staff who said he had breached the dress code but the employee put on a Help For Heroes wristband and kept the pin on.

Morrisons said, since the incident on Monday, the firm had reviewed its guidelines to allow non-fresh food preparation staff to wear charity wristbands.

A spokesperson for Morrisons confirmed Mr Austin worked in both fresh food preparation areas and non-fresh food preparation areas, such as the checkout.
Poppy Appeal

Morrisons issued a response on its Facebook page.

A spokesman said: "We understand that it's important to many people to show support for our armed forces.

"Morrisons is a long time supporter of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal and we welcome Help for Heroes fund-raisers into store.

"As a company, we encourage store colleagues to show their support for the Royal British Legion by wearing poppies in October and November.

"We currently ask colleagues to adhere to a company dress code, which precludes bracelets and pins.""

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-22689008

Inconvenient as the truth often is, it must be underlined when people are choosing to make mountains out of molehills.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:57 pm 
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Problem is, the account given by GMP was apparently (so I've read, not bothered watching it myself) rather at odds with camera phone footage of the incident.

In the space of 6 hours Morrisons have gone from vehemently defending their dress code, to changing it entirely to allow them previous banned items. This was mainly in response to a huge surge of adverse comment on their Facebook page, much of which was correctly pointing out that wristwatches are also bracelets.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:14 pm 
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Being aware of the camera footage before making a statement, wouldn't Hankinson be monumentally stupid to insist things were contrary to what tied in with what was filmed?

This was an EDL action being attended by police who decided to remove an inflammatory item from them. Hardly seems worthy of note, but it being played up as something it is not in typical fashion by the Right Wing propagandists.

Should Morrisons not be applauded for dynamically reviewing their policy, and underlining their support for British forces?


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 1:17 am 
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i really can't see any problems with displaying union jack flags.
in our country we should be free to express ourselves without fear of prejudice.
it seems the authorites are afraid of offending minorities.
if this country is not careful, being british could very well be the new minority.


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 2:30 am 
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It was an EDL action.

How daft are you?


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