Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Met. Police Commissioner revokes ban on badge of honour

Metropolitan Police officers had been banned from wearing the Union Flag badge which expresses support for Britain's Armed Forces and for the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.

The badges are also sold to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes and the Support Our Soldiers charities.

Some cretin had raised a complaint that the Union Flag badge was "offensive" and senior police officers at Scotland Yard consequently decreed that the badges should be removed.

Smothered by the diktats of today's "multiculturalism", police chiefs are terrified of appearing politically incorrect. Of course the Union Flag is not recognised by some groups as symbolising the Nation; they see it as something to be burned in protest. Police chiefs have been instructed not to upset these volatile groups and it therefore becomes preferable to insult British troops fighting on the frontline.

Officers at Heathrow were even ordered to take down a Union Flag hoisted on June 27 - Armed Forces Day - because it was not an ‘approved ensign’.

Most police officers felt so strongly that they risked disciplinary action, defied the ban and continued to where the badge in solidarity with their service cousins. A petition in their support has even been started on the No.10 website.

However, only hours after this latest row exploded across the media, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson stepped in and sensibly ruled that officers should be allowed to show their support for soldiers fighting for our country and that the dress code should be relaxed.

The Mail: Scotland Yard DROPS ban on officers wearing Union Flag badges backing our troops