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June 12, 2009

Union Jack Banned at Heathrow

Whereas garbage collectors rescue discarded flags for respectful disposal, the bureaucratic elite take a very different view of them:

Armed cops patrolling Heathrow Airport have been banned from wearing tiny Union Jack badges in support of British troops.
Top brass claimed the tie-pin badges — which cost £1 with proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity — were OFFENSIVE.

Seventy percent of the officers are vets, and many have kids serving overseas. Gasps one officer:

How can the Union Jack be offensive? This ruling is even more absurd coming this weekend on the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Another wonders:

Nobody has put out orders to remove rainbow symbols that gay and lesbian officers wear. Why discriminate against us?

The answer: because we are ruled by moonbats.

On a tip from Burning Hot. Hat tips: Weasel Zippers, Jawa Report.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 12, 2009 10:58 AM

Comments

Liberal "diversity":

"I'm OFFENDED because you don't think EXACTLY LIKE ME!"

Posted by: KHarn at June 12, 2009 12:08 PM

Maybe they should tell them that the green and white striped eco-freak flag with the halfed circle in it as offensive aginst those who work in the natural resorce buisness or YEAH THE RAINBOW FLAG OF GAY/LESBIAN wackos

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at June 12, 2009 2:20 PM

No, the answer is because they can. If all the people who are in favor of the pins ranted and raved and organized and marched like the groups who exist to be on eternal hair trigger alert for something that offends them do, the "elite" would fold like a cheap suit.

Posted by: avalon at June 12, 2009 3:24 PM

"Nobody has put out orders to remove rainbow symbols that gay and lesbian officers wear."

And we sure as shit know this ain't gonna happen...

Posted by: Dave M at June 12, 2009 3:40 PM

How does something so trivial to the average person become offensive to moonbats? What the hell is wrong with liberals? Yes, it's a rhetorical question, so I don't need sarcastic spin from you fucking trolls.

Posted by: Right0fReagan at June 12, 2009 4:18 PM

Frankly I don't feel that the pins are offensive, I didn't even know there were any Union Jack pins. Actually, I don't know anyone who would know about them who is my age unless they are in the military. Says a lot about my generation huh? The government needs to stay the hell out of people's lives. Who cares what pin someone is wearing? It is harmless, leave it alone, stop taking freedoms away from people and treating them like children. How do they ever expect people to grow up if they continue to treat them like ignorant, mindless children?

Posted by: Kohana at June 12, 2009 4:29 PM

After 9/11, many Brits and Canadians took to wearing American flag pins as a show of support.
I'm thinking we may need to return the favor with the Union Jack!

Posted by: proof at June 12, 2009 8:05 PM

Van Helsing, who are these top brass? Airport or government officials? Can you name some of the individuals or their organizations?

This is the same mind set that gave us the TARP Act keeping thieves in business by asserting we can't possibly do without them because they're giant. You want to keep your giant don't you. Never mind he is a man eating beast devouring the livelihood of all but the one percenter's, those who are worth over a hundred million dollars, and pull his chain. Actually it is less than that if you consider the entire population of the world.

Anyway I would like to know who it is. Many thanks.

Posted by: Solomon Joseph Greenbud at June 12, 2009 8:38 PM

What next on the hit list of a bunch of intrusive foreginers RUE BRITANIA. Just wait till the moonbats get going they will demand we replace the STAR SPANGLED BANNER with AGE OF AQUARIUS and replace OLD GLORY with a rainbow flag and replace the EAGLE with a dumb pink chicken

Posted by: Flu-Bird at June 12, 2009 9:16 PM

Solomon Joseph Greenbud at June 12, 2009 8:38 PM - perhaps that question would be better addressed to "the Met" at Heathrow - the folks who banned the pin.

Oh! You didn't read the link and simply attribute it to Van? Hmmm.

Everyone is offended by something someone else does - it doesn't matter if it is having a British Flag pin in a British airport, having an American flag in a Dallas office, or an Israeli Flag bumper sticker in Iran (*snicker*) - it is ALL bigotry.

Now – I farted on the elevator today and several people were offended. I didn’t hold it against them.

Posted by: Jimbo at June 12, 2009 9:19 PM

"pink chicken"... LOL!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo at June 12, 2009 9:20 PM

The issue with "pre-empted" offensiveness is that it is almost always contrary to the actual opinion of the "offended" group ie ethnic minorities.
Here in England we are told to remove the George Cross and the Union Jack by local council officials due to potentially causing offence. However the muslims and sikhs that I meet either want the flags there or are indifferent. The only offence takers are extreme muslim clerics.

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Posted by: TED at June 13, 2009 6:25 AM

The weak-kneed are afraid of offending the thin-skinned. The thin-skinned know their outrage will buckle the weak-kneed. What a circle.
If you know everytime you scream, a beaurocrat will jump, then why stop ?
Only when they're slapped down a few times will this stop.
Mr weak-kneed needs a spine, but he's too cowardly to grow one. So it goes.

Posted by: suspendedanimation at June 13, 2009 7:31 AM

If I offended anyone let me know I might want to do it again.

Posted by: FREE at June 13, 2009 8:46 AM

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Posted by: GEJ at June 13, 2009 10:51 AM

We've gotta be a little sceptical, since this was in the Sun, a questionable source rather like the NY Times.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at June 13, 2009 5:37 PM