The despicable and inhuman butchers of ISIS have a siren-like attraction for young Sunni moslems in Britain; slick propaganda, military prowess, a piratical badness and an achingly cool flag in black and white. I knew weeks ago that it would not be long before this flag - or versions of it - would start to appear in areas of the UK in which there is a concentration of youths of Pakistani descent.
But England is ready for them - with the provisions of The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007. It is unlawful to fly any flag in England except flags of Class H (any country's national flag, EU, UN or Commonwealth flags, English County flags or the flag of any Saint) or flags bearing the name or device of the building owner (e.g. stately homes) or a flag advertising a specific event such as a Sale, and for a specific duration, without Planning Consent. The ISIS flag is not covered, nor are other, similar Jihadist flags. They must be taken down.
No doubt the usual whingers will crib at the 'discrimination' in the lawfulness of hanging a St George's flag from your roof and the unlawfulness of hanging a Jihadist banner, but there it is. And I doubt there's much inclination to change it at present.
In Tower Hamlets, Sister Christine has already taken one down herself - thus setting the standard for the rest of us. So reader, should ever you spot one, call the Council's planning enforcement team right away - and tell the local papers.