It turns out that the now iconic (for all the wrong reasons) figure of a student swinging on the Cenotaph flag was called Charlie Gilmore and is the son of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmore.
The Evening Standard has his excuse along with the now famous photograph, the excuse makes me more angry than I was before reading it. According to Charlie he was
“Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment. I did not realise that it was the Cenotaph and if I had, I certainly would not have done what I did.”
Let’s look at that statement and the picture (which you can look at here). He claims to have been “violently repelled by the police”, yet the police can be seen calmly standing along the pavement of Whitehall in the photo and no one else seems to be running from attack. He also claims not to have known that it was the Cenotaph, yet he is a Cambridge history graduate!
It rather strikes me that young Charlie Gilmore is either a liar, an idiot or both.