Police Complaints Authority
We liaised at great length with the police over the question of the display of cartoons. They made it clear that they did NOT consider that to display the Danish cartoons would in itself be a problem.
Now we have a completely foreseeable situation in which one belligerent onlooker who, I have no doubt, came to Trafalgar Square on Saturday for no other reason than to look for the cartoons and complain if they were there, saw them and complained.
I believe that the police should either have warned of this when we were seeking guidance from them so that we could have informed everyone who was thinking of attending, or taken no action when this onlooker complained.
I am therefore drafting a complaint to the Police Complaints Authority. I believe this policy must have been discussed at the highest levels in the Metropolitan Police, because of its political sensitivity, so the complaint will be against the Commissioner, Ian Blair.