On his LBC show with Nick Ferrari, Boris Johnson argued that a moderate stance over flag waving is best. The Mayor made it plain he does not want to see triumphalist Daesh flags waved aggressively around London. However, you have to balance that against his belief that we live in a free country.The Neo Nazi rally was moved from Golders Green, (its aim was to fight the “Jewification of the UK”) and the strutting Neo stormtroopers were forced to goose step to Whitehall. There they faced an even larger rally, with much better flags and placards, passionately opposing their aims, backed by an impressive array of police. That is the spirit!
Do we realise how lucky we are to have the Met? This threat was firmly rejected and residents of Golders Green were simultaneously protected by police.
As far as the Isil flag is concerned, in some cases, there have rightly been arrests, said Boris on LBC.
However, he does not believe that it is always appropriate to arrest the flag bearers. As always with Boris, it is about balance and fairness. Because he wasn’t actually there, Boris was rightly not going to comment on the operational decision not to make an arrest.
To summarise his attitude, each case should be judged on its merits. We have a wise Mayor.