Before the blimp of American president, Donald Trump, flew over parliament square the Major of London, Sadiq Khan, said this...
"I shouldn't be the arbiter, as a politician, of what's in good taste or bad taste, what's important is it to be peaceful, and for it to be safe.
And, frankly speaking, the idea that we limit the rights to protest, we limit the rights to free speech because it may cause offence to a foreign leader is a very, very slippery slope.
The UK, like in fact the US, has a long rich history of the rights and the freedoms to protest, the freedom of speech, the freedom to assemble.
Can you imagine if we limited freedom of speech because somebody's feelings might be hurt?"
I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. Is this however, politician speak, or is this a core principal of Sadiq Khan's?
Also, with regards to the offence part, this is to see if the rule is applied universally. Or, is it one rule for me and another for thee.
This is an important 'test' for the government and would be fairly telling for the future of the UK if speech is not free and if laws and rules are not applied equally.
The Sadiq Khan balloon (29ft) was bigger that the Donald Trump balloon, so lets make the balloon of Mo bigger than that! If you have any ideas for the design of the balloon please forward them onto me. The current idea is in the campaign banner (Mo with Aisha (6) in a niqab).
If you would like to get involved in the planning and logistics of the project over and above helping fund it please get in touch with me via Twitter as this project is far greater than one person is able to handle.
Let's make it happen! #LetMoFly
You can see the video for the project at the following link: