! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

A black binman from Burnley has been banned from wearing his Cross of St George bandana at work because it might be racist and/or offensive.

Pendle Council told Matthew Carter that they had received complaints and gave him a verbal warning.  He was told that he is not allowed to wear any clothing with a Cross of St George on it in case it offends someone.  They don’t have a problem, however, with the Skull and Crossbones bandana that he is now wearing to keep his dreadlocks from getting trapped in the machinery on the back of the bin lorry.

I wonder if he’d have got into trouble for wearing a Union Flag bandana.  Or a Stars and Stripes bandana.  Or how about a Scottish one?  The council’s operations manager goes by the name of Ian McInery … I’m sure the Scottish connection is just a coincidence.


  1. Charlie Marks (365 comments) says:

    I’ve blogged on this, too… Though I am waiting for it to be revealed as a hoax. I mean, seriously. Racist? Offensive? Wow.

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    I don’t think it’ll transpire to be a hoax, the precedent has already been set. There was the prison a couple of years ago where the staff were given a dressing down for wearing Cross of St George tie pins that they’d bought for charity because Ann Owers (the inspecter of prisons) said it was racist. Then there was a fire station somewhere where the firemen got a bollocking for putting a Cross of St George sticker on their engine – again they were told it was racist.

  3. Cheryl (12 comments) says:

    I think this is odd, but then again, it is white Englishmen (in this case a Scot who is following their custom) who do this. Why are the English complaining when they are the ones banning their own things!!!

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