"There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word,
which means more to me than any other.
That word is ENGLAND." - Sir Winston Churchill
Friday, October 18, 2013
Council killjoys ban taxi driver from having St George's Cross on cab for 'discrimination'
A TAXI taxi driver has been banned from having a St George's Cross sticker in her cab - because it could discriminate against foreigners.
Patriotic Denise Said has three English flags stuck on the doors and boot of her vehicle [SWNS] [ ]
Patriotic Denise Said, 56, has three English flag signs stuck on the doors and boot of her vehicle.
But after one complaint from a rival cab firm she was stunned to receive a letter from the council accusing her of breaching equality laws.
Teignbridge Council in Devon said the stickers would leave anyone who is not English at a "disadvantage in their day to day life".
The local authority says it will refuse to renew Denise's license in February unless she ditches the stickers.
Taxi driver Denise Said whose car sticker that could see her losing her licence [SWNS]
But the veteran driver of Newton Abbott, Devon, has vowed to keep flying the flag and says there's nothing offensive about them.
Furious Denise said: "I think it's pathetic. I believe the council is implying that I am racist but nothing could be further from the truth.
"I've had a few foreign people in my cab and I've asked them if they find it offensive and they don't in the slightest. In fact, one told me 'your country has gone mad'.
"You only have to sneeze now for someone to find it offensive. I've asked a solicitor who says I'm not doing anything wrong.
The stickers have the words 'Local Driver' on them which the council said was not acceptable [SWNS] [ ]
"The upsetting thing is that I could lose my livelihood and my home if they take away my license." Denise has been displaying the St George's Crosses for a year without a single complaint before a rival reported her.
But when she rang Teignbridge Council to remonstrate about the ban she says she was told the stickers were denigrating and offensive to foreigners.
The stickers have the words 'Local Driver' on them which the council said was not acceptable.
Self-employed Denise, who was married to a half-Maltese man for 16 years, says the stickers on her Volkswagen Touran people carrier are not offending anyone.
The mum-of-one added: "You can gather from my name my ex husband was foreign.
"I was told it was the council's policy regarding equality. I do not think that displaying the words 'Local Driver' is upsetting anyone or is derogatory in any way.
Denise claims the stickers are not offending anyone [SWNS]
"I am a local driver and have been driving in Newton Abbott for 16 years.
"I'm British, I'm a local driver - where is the problem? I don't discriminate against anyone who gets into my car.
"I've discussed it with my daughter and she's totally behind me.
There's no way I'm backing down on this." The council said the authority's Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy contained restrictions on the signs and adverts allowed on taxis.
A spokesman said: "Adverts or signs that do not comply with our equality duties, or cause offence because words or signs carry a certain inference, breach this policy.
"In this instance the English flag sign combined with the words Local Driver could put other people who don't share either of those characteristics at a disadvantage in their day to day life.