Blow­ing up

Vocable (All English) - - Société -

Giant bal­loons seem to have be­come the new way to protest in the UK. A cou­ple of months ago, for Don­ald Trump’s first visit to the coun­try, a giant baby Trump bal­loon flew over Par­lia­ment Square in West­min­ster, Lon­don. And at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber, it was a giant bal­loon de­pict­ing Lon­don mayor Sadiq Khan in a yel­low bikini that took flight over Par­lia­ment Square. The nine-me­tre bal­loon was launched by cam­paign­ers to protest Lon­don’s ris­ing crime rate and the al­leged in­abil­ity of the mayor to tackle this is­sue, and to check “if free speech ap­plies to all”. Sadiq Khan’s an­swer was not with­out hu­mour: “If peo­ple want to spend their Satur­day look­ing at me in a yel­low bikini, they’re wel­come to do so. I don’t re­ally think yel­low’s my color though.”

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