... a member of staff was told to remove several Saltires, a Lion Rampant and a red tartan chair from his work station.Fair enough in certain circumstances, I think.
According to Martyn Wade, National Librarian, "We merely asked a single individual to remove what we considered to be an excessive display of large flags from a desk in a shared, professional work area, and we would have done so regardless of what the flag was or indeed any other adornment."That sounds fine - it's just a regular matter of common sense rules in the workplace.
Or is it?
How about this:
It was, according to Director of Customer Services Alex Miller, a nationalistic display "more appropriate to the football terraces."For goodness sake. This is the National Library of Scotland. If someone is intimidated by a display on the grounds that it is Scottish they shouldn't be working in our National Library. More to the point, why on earth are there so many managers in the public sector who have no loyalty to those who pay their wages?
Ms Miller's concern, she said, was that the display might intimidate non-Scottish colleagues.