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Pub landlord ‘told by council officers to remove Union Jack jacket because it might offend people’

  • 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.



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