The Somerset Guardian reports that:
The flag of St George will not be flying over Radstock any time soon after town councillors decided it was inappropriate.
Why, pray? It is the English national flag, after all.
Among the concerns expressed were the offence that could be taken by Muslims.
Councillor Eleanor Jackson (Lab, Radstock), a university lecturer and teacher, said its use during the Crusades of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries could mean the English national flag could be seen by some as offensive.
This, as usual, was seized upon by British Muslim groups, who rallied around Eleanor Jackson and celebrated her as a pioneer of tolerance and virtue. Right? Well, no, not really:
Nasima Begum, a spokeswoman for the Muslim Council of Britain, said it encouraged the flying of the St George’s flag.
She said: “St George needs to take his rightful place as a national symbol of inclusivity rather than a symbol of hatred. St George actually lived before the birth of Islam and should not be associated with any hatred of Muslims.
My modest suggestion is that, in lieu of flying any flag at on Radstock’s mast, Eleanor Jackson and her craven cohorts are hoisted to the very top and left there for whatever period of time is deemed necessary for her to realize that they are damn fools.