WHATEVER the issue, no-one should be forced to wear badges with a social message if they don’t want to.

The National Trust appears to have alienated a number of its volunteers by insisting they wear gay pride badges marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Charities make a major error if they don’t value their most precious commodity - volunteers – and treat them with care. Objectors feel they’re being told how to behave and that it shows a lack of respect.

Consultation and acknowledging individual rights to choose to wear the badge could have avoided this confrontation. Now everyone loses.