Queen’s Park councillor Salim Mulla said he was called to the scene, opposite the Tesco store in Hill Street, at midday.
He said: “The protest group said the council had been instructed by the police to remove the banner. I knew nothing about it and merely came down to act for my constituents.
“I spoke to the police and they confirmed the situation but said they were sorry it had been taken down. I think the people who own the banner have been offered a reimbursement.”
Great! I bet that won’t come out of the errant policeman’s own pocket, will it?
A police spokesperson said: “Having received complaints from the public about the banner, a police constable asked the council to remove it.
However, the content did not constitute a criminal offence and, with hindsight, we acknowledge that further consultation with the building owner, protest organiser and council should have taken place to find a suitable resolution.”
Translation: “Well, how are we supposed to know things like the law? We’re only officers of it!”
Asif Mahmud, from group Youth On A Mission, said the council and police had ‘shown a shocking level of incompetence’.
He added: “A full investigation should take place and a full unreserved apology to everyone who supports the Boycott Tesco campaign must be made.”
Yeah, sure. Why not? Let’s hand you more taxpayer cash and publicity for your little temper tantrum over Israel giving your co-religionists the shafting of their lives…