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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Prats of The Week - Sunderland City Council

Prats of The WeekGosh already another organisation has stepped up to the plate, and made itself "worthy" for my prestigious "Prats of The Week" Award.

This time it goes to Sunderland City Council, as Robert Smithson found to his cost recently.

For why?

Mr Smithson wanted to fly the Cross of St George from his house, to welcome back his twin sons from the Coldstream Guards after completing their training.

Needless to say, some member of the public complained (one wonders how some people's minds work, that they have the time and energy to complain about trivia), and Sunderland City Council wrote to Mr Smithson threatening him with a fine of up to £2,500 for illegally flying the flag from his suburban house.

Seemingly he was breaking planning laws, because the flag was at the wrong angle (thus it was classified as advertising) according to the officials from the council.

Ermmm...why not just rehang it then?

Ironically, after some investigation it transpired that council officials had misinterpreted the rules and got it wrong.

The flag can stay!

Sunderland City Council, well deserving Prats of The Week!

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10 comments:

  1. I think I shall go out and buy a flag and flag pole. I shall fly my English flag with pride.

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  4. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Councils - complete and utter tossers.

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  5. I've actually had a further thought!!

    According to the regulations, one may fly a country's flag from a flagpole without planning permission...I may fly an EUSSR flag from my flagpole then anonymously "grass myself up" to my local council just to see if they ask me to remove it because, after all, the EUSSR is not a country....Any thoughts.

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  6. Anonymous12:10 PM

    Ken said "one wonders how some people's minds work, that they have the time and energy to complain about trivia"

    In the village where I live there is a woman who complains about anything and everything, to other residents, to local shopkeepers, to the parish council, to the county council, to the police. The latest complaint is that someone who lives across the road from her has the audacity to park his car on the road outside his house (where there are no restrictions)at all times of the day and night. The woman is such an arsehole, that to prevent people parking cars on the road around her house, even though she has her own driveway, she leaves her car parked on the road - at all times of the day and night !

    One day something might happen in her life that will make her realise how bloody trivial everything she complains about is.

    As a decent sort, I hope it doesn't - but instead hope that she may come to realise it herself, and soon.

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  7. Lord of Atlantis1:28 PM

    The jobsworths on Sunderland City Council, and those members of the public who initiated the action of the council by complaining, should all be flown to Afghanistan, then transported to the front line, and be required to face the Taliban. Perhaps then, they might have a bit of respect for those putting their life on the line for their country.

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  8. Normally this situation would call for the flag to be flown upside down, a universally recognized sign of distress. If ever "distress" applied to any situation, this is a textbook case. Sadly, neither the Flag of St. George nor the Union Jack, by nature of their design, lend themselves to being flown in this way, so in this case it would probably be a pointless gesture.

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  9. ellogu4:28 AM

    Liberranter

    The Union flag can be flown upside down, it is just harder to spot as it has to do with the positioning of the thicker white line.
    Demonstrated wonderfully by our "one eyed scottish idiot" recently when the chinese were visiting us.....or are we really in distress and it was his way of telling us?

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  10. Anonymous2:20 PM

    Wow, as screwed up as the US is becoming we’re at least able to fly our flag. it’s a symbol of patriotism over here, as I’m sure flying ones countries flag is around the world. Wouldn’t your nanny want people to have pride for their country?

    I’m sad to say that as much as I would love to visit your country, unless some laws change I’m never going to bring my tourists dollars over there. Which is sad because for years if I’ve ever had the chance and funds I’ve so wanted to visit the country that my country grew out of. Come on guys you gave us the Magna Carta, grow a backbone and overthrow your government. Start over.

    litlePepito@yahoo.com

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