This Is It restaurant in Harrow asked to remove Saddam Hussein picture

Restaurant called to remove Saddam Hussein picture

Restaurant called to remove Saddam Hussein picture

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A restaurant owner has been called upon to remove a controversial picture of Saddam Hussein following complaints from the public.

This Is It Lebanese restaurant, in Station Road, Harrow, put up the picture in its front window resulting in complaints from passers by and members of the public.

Following the complaints, Harrow Borough Council issued the restaurant with an enforcement notice to remove the picture of the former Iraqi dictator.

However the owner has remained defiant and told council officers it was nothing to do with the authority and he was free to display the image.

Council leader Cllr Susan Hall said: “I am all for free speech but the relatives of British service people killed or injured fighting in Iraq might not see it that way.

“Harrow has a multi-ethnic population and to allow this picture to remain in the restaurant window could give offence to many, and could prove a licence for agitators to provoke trouble.

“Public images of dictators, be it Saddam Hussain, Hitler, or the leader of North Korea for that matter have no place in Harrow. This is a restaurant promotion that leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.”

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11:41am Mon 31 Mar 14

jackdaw says...

This is going to waste Council and police time to patrol to make sure no one puts a brick through his window. Perhaps if the restaurant owner wants to claim his right to freedom of speech he ought to pay a private security firm to guard his premises and not waste taxpayer funds.

In fact the easiest way to get rid of the picture, if the public feel strongly about it , would be to boycott his restaurant. With dwindling custom he would soon get the message and remove the poster.
This is going to waste Council and police time to patrol to make sure no one puts a brick through his window. Perhaps if the restaurant owner wants to claim his right to freedom of speech he ought to pay a private security firm to guard his premises and not waste taxpayer funds. In fact the easiest way to get rid of the picture, if the public feel strongly about it , would be to boycott his restaurant. With dwindling custom he would soon get the message and remove the poster. jackdaw
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Georgia x says...

Why on earth would anyone throw a brick through his window jackdaw?

If the person who is offended wants to call the police and have them look into it he is entitled to do so.

People may well be offended, but there are legal ways to address these types of situations and, if the man displaying the poster is breaking the law, he will be dealt with. There is no need for bricks or aggression or violence.

Georgia x
Why on earth would anyone throw a brick through his window jackdaw? If the person who is offended wants to call the police and have them look into it he is entitled to do so. People may well be offended, but there are legal ways to address these types of situations and, if the man displaying the poster is breaking the law, he will be dealt with. There is no need for bricks or aggression or violence. Georgia x Georgia x
  • Score: -3

2:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

diligaf says...

Another example of lawless Harrow... people will do as they please and as Jackdaw says the police will have to investigate when his window is smashed in another waste of tax payers money...
Another example of lawless Harrow... people will do as they please and as Jackdaw says the police will have to investigate when his window is smashed in another waste of tax payers money... diligaf
  • Score: 4

2:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jackdaw says...

Georgia

I am not advocating violence. The owner of the restaurant is being provocative by placing a poster of Saddam Hussein knowing that members of yhe public could be offended by this.

There are lawless, hotheads who could take matters into their own hands and damage either him or his restaurant.

The police and Counill have already asked him to remove the poster and he has not done so. The best way offended members of the public can protest is to boycott the restaurant.
Georgia I am not advocating violence. The owner of the restaurant is being provocative by placing a poster of Saddam Hussein knowing that members of yhe public could be offended by this. There are lawless, hotheads who could take matters into their own hands and damage either him or his restaurant. The police and Counill have already asked him to remove the poster and he has not done so. The best way offended members of the public can protest is to boycott the restaurant. jackdaw
  • Score: 1

4:33pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Skhan13 says...

Wasn't SH executed nearly 10 years ago? So big deal as what exactly is this guy bragging about? So this guy either wants free publicity, as that is what he is getting, or he is just a ninny. Freedom of speech is something we are all entitled to. And if people are that upset over a weeny picture in a shop window, just don't shop there. He'll figure it out soon enough and take it down. And as for not wanting the picture of the North Korean teletubby, well, go and complain to the national press too, as I am frankly tired of seeing his face everywhere along with his awful hairstyle.
Unless you were personally aggrieved by SH (which in all honestly may just be the case for many harrow residents), its just a picture. Protest with your feet.
Wasn't SH executed nearly 10 years ago? So big deal as what exactly is this guy bragging about? So this guy either wants free publicity, as that is what he is getting, or he is just a ninny. Freedom of speech is something we are all entitled to. And if people are that upset over a weeny picture in a shop window, just don't shop there. He'll figure it out soon enough and take it down. And as for not wanting the picture of the North Korean teletubby, well, go and complain to the national press too, as I am frankly tired of seeing his face everywhere along with his awful hairstyle. Unless you were personally aggrieved by SH (which in all honestly may just be the case for many harrow residents), its just a picture. Protest with your feet. Skhan13
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

jackdaw says...

Skhan 13

it was on the BBC news a few days ago that.North Korean male students were required to get Kim Jong-un haircut.
Skhan 13 it was on the BBC news a few days ago that.North Korean male students were required to get Kim Jong-un haircut. jackdaw
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ipsofacto says...

When LBC were discussing this matter this morning, it was pointed out that the owner of the restaurant is a Kuwaiti whose country was invaded by Saddam in 1990. If he wants to have the picture let him. If people are offended by it, then tough.

Susan Hall says “Harrow has a multi-ethnic population and to allow this picture to remain in the restaurant window could give offence to many, and could prove a licence for agitators to provoke trouble"

What precisely has our multi-ethnic population got to do with it? Some people find images of Saddam offensive. Some find posters of Tony Blair offensive. Some people find that women walking around in nikabs and burkhas is offensive. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT NOT TO BE OFFENDED. That also applies to me when I find that someone emptying the contents of their lungs on the pavement is offensive. Compared to that, a poster of Saddam is nothing.

Susan Hall - the only "agitators" as you call them who would stir up trouble about this and commit acts of violence to oppose this would be Islamist fundamentalists. Whey don't you just come out and state that. Or would that be too offensive?
When LBC were discussing this matter this morning, it was pointed out that the owner of the restaurant is a Kuwaiti whose country was invaded by Saddam in 1990. If he wants to have the picture let him. If people are offended by it, then tough. Susan Hall says “Harrow has a multi-ethnic population and to allow this picture to remain in the restaurant window could give offence to many, and could prove a licence for agitators to provoke trouble" What precisely has our multi-ethnic population got to do with it? Some people find images of Saddam offensive. Some find posters of Tony Blair offensive. Some people find that women walking around in nikabs and burkhas is offensive. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT NOT TO BE OFFENDED. That also applies to me when I find that someone emptying the contents of their lungs on the pavement is offensive. Compared to that, a poster of Saddam is nothing. Susan Hall - the only "agitators" as you call them who would stir up trouble about this and commit acts of violence to oppose this would be Islamist fundamentalists. Whey don't you just come out and state that. Or would that be too offensive? ipsofacto
  • Score: 5

5:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

In one interview the owner said he put it in the window to highlight abuses back home in kuwait, I wonder how long it would have been tolerated back "Home" i am guessing he would have been dragged out of his restaurant and butchered his family probably persecuted so he should really thank the United Kingdom for giving him a safe place to live and work with free education and healthcare before putting up stupid posters of tyrants and insulting the people who gave him sanctuary.
In one interview the owner said he put it in the window to highlight abuses back home in kuwait, I wonder how long it would have been tolerated back "Home" i am guessing he would have been dragged out of his restaurant and butchered his family probably persecuted so he should really thank the United Kingdom for giving him a safe place to live and work with free education and healthcare before putting up stupid posters of tyrants and insulting the people who gave him sanctuary. rabbitz
  • Score: 1

12:43am Tue 1 Apr 14

Methodman says...

The only people likely to be offended by this poster are people that come from Iraq,all of the Iraqis I have ever met are very tolerant people.
The only people likely to be offended by this poster are people that come from Iraq,all of the Iraqis I have ever met are very tolerant people. Methodman
  • Score: 1

8:53am Tue 1 Apr 14

DJFearRoss says...

Poor taste, but he is right, this is a free country and we have free speech.

Yet, in this country the government and the liberal elite bend over backwards to not offend Muslims and back down to their every demand.
Poor taste, but he is right, this is a free country and we have free speech. Yet, in this country the government and the liberal elite bend over backwards to not offend Muslims and back down to their every demand. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 2

8:55am Tue 1 Apr 14

DJFearRoss says...

Well, we saw the international outcry when a cartoon was made, riots and killings.
Well, we saw the international outcry when a cartoon was made, riots and killings. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 3

10:52am Tue 1 Apr 14

SmellyFingers says...

Moody muslims from the giant mosque picking on him now are they?
Moody muslims from the giant mosque picking on him now are they? SmellyFingers
  • Score: 6

1:50pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Skhan13 says...

Oh here we go, religion gets dragged into it again. What has any of this got to do with religion? Keep your Islam hating to yourselves ok? And save your hatred towards the small minority of loonies who actually deserve it.
Oh here we go, religion gets dragged into it again. What has any of this got to do with religion? Keep your Islam hating to yourselves ok? And save your hatred towards the small minority of loonies who actually deserve it. Skhan13
  • Score: -3

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