I am surprised and disappointed by reports in the Daily Mail and elsewhere that Metropolitican Police officers have been banned from wearing small (one inch) union jack flags to show support for our troops in Afghanistan.
Apparently someone complained that they found the badges "offensive."
Personally I find the opinions of whoever made this complaint to be highly offensive, and the fact that senior officers did not use their intelligence and discretion to realise that such a ban would cause far more harm than good, both with police officers and the public, to be very offensive indeed.
You cannot please everybody, and there is no point trying to please those who hate this country. Under the rules of free speech they should be allowed to express their complaints, but acting on this one was a serious error of judgement.
I gather than large numbers of officers have defied the ban. If disciplinary action is taken against them that would be an even bigger disgrace. If anyone in the Met deserves disciplinary action, it's the people responsible for the ban.