After the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue, followed by its brief journey across The Centre to be dropped into Bristol’s Floating Harbour, has come the right-wing condemnation. Alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, standing in the draughtiest of glasshouses, described it as “thuggery”. A number of restaurants in the Oxford area may allow themselves a wry smile at his lack of self-awareness.
“Statue thugs must face justice, Patel tells Police … Home Secretary hits out at protest violence” tells the headline, with the supporting article claiming “Priti Patel has told a Police chief that he must uphold the law after his officers failed to stop anti-racism protesters from toppling the statue of a slave trader and throwing it into a harbour”. There was more.
The Times chucks in a discussion about someone climbing on to the Cenotaph in London, and someone else applying graffiti to the plinth of the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square, which is irrelevant to the Bristol event, and to the Police there. Moreover, it is clear that the paper has been briefed by Ms Patel, or on her behalf.
And that just about sums up the competence of this Government. Or the lack of it.