A more accurate title would have been: ‘Council votes to remove actual flag of England because of potential objections by a mere 16 muslim residents of the town”
A local council decided against flying the flag of St George after concerns were raised that it would offend the town’s 16 Muslim residents.
The flag of St George. Not a sight that will be seen in Radstock anytime soon Photo: EPA
4:42PM BST 15 May 2013
Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer, said the red and white symbol could cause upset in Radstock, Somerset, because it was used during the Crusades 1,000 years ago.
The Labour councillor voiced her concerns at a meeting called to discuss which flag should be purchased to fly atop the town’s repaired civic flagpole.
She said: “My big problem is that it is offensive to some Muslims, but even more so that it has been hijacked by the far right.
“My thoughts are we ought to drop it for 20 years.”
Radstock Town Council, which serves a local population of more than 5,600 residents, eventually decided to purchase a Union flag to fly on Armistice Day.