Earlier this year Boris Johnson signed an EDM (a sort of Parliamentary petition open to MPs to sign) calling for
A permanent statue of Sir Keith [Park, who played a leading role in the Battle of Britain] on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
You couldn’t get much clearer than that really could you? So of course now Boris Johnson is Mayor he’s going ahead and keeping his promise isn’t he?
Whatever you think of the merits of permanent Park statue versus rotating modern art on the Fourth Plinth, it’s pretty striking to make a promise ahead of polling day and then shortly after carry out a drastic u-turn.