You do have to wonder if some Guardianistas in Essex are closet BNP activists.
"Patriotic students have been banned from bringing the St George's flag into college during the World Cup - in case it causes offence.
Teachers are refusing to allow teenagers at Palmer's College in Thurrock to get behind their team and have ordered them to leave their England flags at home."
UPDATE - and now they come for the taxi drivers ...
UPDATE2 - now they come for the taxi-drivers of Cheltenham ...
"The council has cited safety concerns over the flags. A spokesman for the borough council said the ban was not just on the grounds of taste."
UPDATE3 - now they come for the (Asian) taxi-drivers of Rochdale and Oldham ...
Taxi proprietor Farooq Yousaf came unstuck with Oldham Council when they banned him from sticking posters in the back of his cabs bearing the flag of St George and the words ‘Come on England’.
The council told Mr Yousaf, who owns Motown Private Hire which has 40 taxis, the stickers were a form of advertising and therefore banned.
He said: "It’s ridiculous. They told me we were advertising, but what are we advertising?
"All I am advertising is England. I think it’s the ‘Come on England bit’ that’s upset them. I can’t understand it. It’s just a show of support of England for the World Cup."
What with Mr Harker's 'Is it just me, or is anyone else slightly worried about the number of St George’s flags flying from road vehicles right now ?', it's time to repeat a two-year-old post.
"It must be the flag they are aiming at ..."
"Would it not be wiser to take it in ?"
"Strike my colours!" cried the captain. "No, sir, not I"; and as soon as he had said the words, I think we all agreed with him. For it was not only a piece of stout, seamanly, good feeling; it was good policy besides and showed our enemies that we despised their cannonade.
from Treasure Island, by R.L. Stevenson.
Bowler-Tip - The England Project