I would tell the officials first and foremost, that they are unpatriotic jerks, and then go play in the center of moving traffic.
Pub landlord ‘told by council officers to remove Union Jack jacket because it might offend people’
Pub landlord Jason Mawer in his Union Jack jacket outside his Barnsley pub
- Jason Mawer has been warned twice to remove his one-off jacket
- Mawer runs a pub near the centre of Barnsley, South Yorkshire
- The unique Mod-style jacket was made for a Who convention in London
Pub landlord Jason Mawer has twice been asked in public to remove his treasured Union Jack jacket – for risk of it being ‘offensive’.
He was told to take off his valuable Mod-style Barbour jacket – designed in honour of legendary rock band The Who – by officials who appeared to be council enforcement officers.
On the second occasion the female official warned him: ‘Would you mind removing your coat it might offend somebody.’
Jason, who runs a pub near the centre of Barnsley, South Yorkshire said: ‘It’s definitely political correctness gone mad. It’s an overused phrase but I think it definitely applies.’
He was walking through the town centre on his way to the bank when a woman in a high-visibility jacket tried to stop him.
He said: ‘She was polite enough and came alongside me before asking me to remove my jacket. She didn’t say who it might offend.
‘To be honest I was in a hurry and I was walking along as she asked me to take it off. In the end I just said, “No I’m not taking it off,” and carried on.
‘I thought it was ridiculous to be honest. What’s offensive about the Union Jack? I only had a T-shirt on underneath and it was raining so I would have got really wet.
‘It was an insult to be asked to take it off. It is my pride and joy. I’m a big fan of The Who and the Mod era and have all the gear.’
A different officer challenged him again last Saturday afternoon.