Nov 13 2010
The 24-year-old serviceman who had been at a family wedding ceremony in his RAF “blues” was turned away from the black cab by the MUSLIM driver who apparently became aggressive.
Yorkshire Post Sheffield City Council, the RAF and the local taxi association are now investigating amid calls for the driver to be sacked.
Vince McDonagh of the local joint ex-servicemen’s association said: “Everybody is astounded that a British taxi can turn away someone in uniform at this time of year.” “Taxis should be bound by the rules of the licensing authority and I think they should locate this driver and take his badge away.”
“It makes you angry and disgusted. They are fighting for their country and it is a kick in the teeth for them.”
The incident happened last Saturday after Kevin Burke’s daughter got married at Sheffield Register Office. Mr Burke, 46, a part-time lecturer from Sheffield, did not want to reveal his son’s name who is from the city but is based in Scotland, for security reasons.
But he said he wants the authorities to take action. He said: “My wife and my son went to get a taxi near the town hall after the ceremony to go on to the reception.”
“My wife asked him for a reason and the driver became quite aggressive in turning them down. He made it quite clear it was because my son was in the forces.”
“Being a professional my son just turned his back and walked away and they hailed a private taxi to get to the reception.” “It is totally disgusting. The driver did not give an opinion but made it apparent he did not like servicemen.”
A spokesman for the local black cab drivers said: “It is not needed. These servicemen and women protect our way of life. They put their lives at risk for this nation. To be treated like that is unbelievable.” H/T TROP
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reacted with fury after hearing that the Royal Air Force is BANNED from wearing uniform in a British city – in case the local Muslims hurl abuse.
UK SUN Top brass imposed the ban in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, following sickening insults to Our Boys about British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr Brown said: “I condemn absolutely any members of the public who show abuse or discrimination to our armed forces.” (Then why don’t you stop them, Gordon?)
And a furious Mr Brown has demanded a crackdown by police, including use of CCTV footage. He said Britain’s armed forces should be “encouraged to wear their uniform in public and have the respect and gratitude of the British people”.
A Downing Street insider said: “If they are treated with abuse and violence, the law should be applied.”