Wednesday, January 28, 2004


Unbelievable but true: You can be sacked for being rude about Osama Bin Laden. Better not say anything nasty about Adolf Hitler!

"A prison officer, who was left "a broken man" after being sacked for being rude about Osama bin Laden following the September 11 attacks, won his claim for unfair dismissal yesterday. In a damning indictment of political correctness and incompetence within the Prison Service, an employment tribunal described a governor's conduct as "reprehensible". It was wholly disproportionate to the off-the-cuff remark made by Colin Rose, who was fired after 21 years' impeccable service.

The Norwich tribunal said Jerry Knight, then governor of Blundeston Prison, appeared to have been swayed by his keenness to "parade his racial awareness qualifications". Panel members questioned whether the governor lived in the real world.

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