What if the council found out about the signs because people complained about it being racist? How about if the driver was a Gulf War veteran?
Then you'd get 'Gulf war veteran told to remove patriotic sign because it is 'too racist''. Ohmygid! It's political correctness gone mad! Yoocoodernmaykidapp!
I've already given you the facts, so you know the headline's bobbins. (Update - as Andrew Hickey points out in the comments, the driver works for a private company which is licensed by the council, rather than working for the council itself). The version currently on the site is still bylined DAILY MAIL REPORTER and hasn't been rewritten by a top flight journo, so it too eailsy reveals that DAILY MAIL REPORTER would know that the headline is bobbins too. It has mendacity quotes and everything.
I mean, we're only four paragraph/sentences in before:
Although the inspectors would not rule on whether the slogan was racist they said the handwritten sign would have to be removed anyway because it had been displayed without permission.If some poor sap gets to rewrite this and have their name put to it, that will have to go. The final few paragraphs will be enough, with:
A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council's's licensing enforcement office said: 'The authority has received complaints from two different members of the public who felt that Mr Woodward's sign was racist.Although don't be surprised if the sentence about not making a decision on the racist allegation gets cut too.
'The council has not made any decision on that allegation. It accepts that Mr Woodward did not intend any offense and that he regards his sign only as a reflection of pride in his own country.
'However, as a hackney cab driver he is not allowed to display a sign without applying for permission and was asked to take it down only on that basis.
'Mr Woodward has been told that he can appeal against this ruling.'