"'It's outrageous that the Union Jack can't be flown on days such as the Queen's Birthday and that the cross of St George is considered unworthy of being flown when appropriate.'
No thanks: Police stations are not allowed, under force policy, to fly the Union Jack or the Cross of St George
But Suffolk's Chief Constable Simon Ash, who personally ran up the rainbow flag at the force's HQ at Martlesham said: 'The flag signifies pride and inclusivity.
'We must continue to recognise and embrace differences while ensuring we provide a policing service to the people of the county who respect their differences.
'The flags send out the message that we will not accept crime motivated by hate and prejudice and will continue to champion equal opportunities.
'We have a commitment to tackle hate crimes and we want the message to be clear to victims and offenders that offences involving disability, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation or transgender will not be tolerated.
'We are a force that values and embraces diversity among our own workforce and among the people we serve. I want this to be an organisation where everyone feels comfortable at work and is treated fairly.'
But the flags have prompted politically-incorrect comments from some rank and file officers.
One said: 'I thought it marked Caribbean Week so I was thinking of coming to work in a grass skirt.'
The Queen's birthday issue can be found in another article. Her birthday fell on a Saturday, and Bournemouth apparently thought that flag protocol required the flag to be raised and lowered on that day, and that it would have required bringing in staff when the office was closed for that purpose. I have no idea why a police station would be closed on a Saturday, but I digress.
In any event, they claim that they have it all straightened out. None of which explains the situation in this article, which appears to be a matter of local policy rather than patriotic protocol.
This is the kind of story that makes me, as a Brit, want to FUCKING PUKE.
I don't understand what the gay flag has to do with the idiotic policy on the national flags. There was some problem with the Union Jack at the Chinese olympics as well, but I can't recall the particulars.