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.