Whether the statue of the Burghers of Calais is intended as a symbol
of civic leaders being prepared to sacrifice themselves for the
general good or as a cheap jibe at our French cousins' inclination
to surrender as their first military option I do not know, but it is
rather pleasant all the same to have some green space and art as a
breather amidst the noise and chaos of Parliament Square.
Our unarmed police are a welcome reminder that
we, above all nations, manage to preserve our democratic rights
without the need to resort to force. Our soldiers, the
official military guards on the other hand are armed with trusty sabres, which would I am sure, intimidate any Muslim nutter armed with no more than an AK-47 and a bucket of Semtex.
Ah, well, at least it keeps the peasants happy.
The Houses of Parliament are a fantastic
neo-Gothic contrivance in their own right and might get their own
section in due course, but for the time being...