Watch James O’Brien explain why climbing on the Cenotaph isn’t the same as burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower
A video of a gang of vile idiots burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower has been bouncing around the internet for the last few days. We aren’t going to share it, out of respect for the Grenfell victims and their families. Six men have been arrested in connection with the act, on suspicion of public order offences, which has given rise to a great deal of discussion over whether it was merely offensive or an actual crime.
LBC presenter, James O’Brien, made it the subject of a phone-in slot and was called by someone likening the behaviour to climbing on the Cenotaph – the memorial to those who died during the World Wars.
He asked the caller,
“So you think, genuinely, that someone who lost a relative in the war will see some drunken idiot swinging on the Cenotaph and feel the same shock, trauma and horror as somebody who was carried out of Grenfell Tower as their family burnt inside?”
But when she answered that she did feel that way, he added
“I can’t argue with what you feel, but I don’t think I’ll ever understand it.”
The suggestion genuinely baffled him and he asked people to consider whether the opposite could happen.
“There’s nobody in this country that would defend those who maligned the war dead by saying ‘Yeah, but other people set fire to a model of Grenfell Tower’. So why are so many successfully encouraged to do it the other way around?”
The issue has really split the internet, as these comments show.
Very much hope the odious people with the Grenfell Tower burning effigy are named and shamed. Utterly vile.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 5, 2018
Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after a video showed an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned.
– sick & in bad taste? Yes
– a crime? No
Dangerous precedent set here – catering to the offendedhttps://t.co/Y12ds2Jkfl
— ProActive Patriots (@ActivePatriots) November 6, 2018
Many people have said this.
“The only people who’ve been arrested over Grenfell are those who impersonated residents and the ones who burnt a model of the tower”.
A sobering and poignant comment on the radio this morning.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) November 6, 2018
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