For only the second time in history, an entire community is to receive the George Cross. The first recipient was Malta, whose people endured near starvation as the Nazis blockaded their island. Now Londoners are to receive the same distinction, for bravely going about their business despite some fairly strong winds and an occasional piece of paper blowing about.
Mayor Boris Johnson praised his fellow Londoners as ‘crikey, yipes, a bloody good bunch of blokes and . . . you know, the others . . . salt of the earth, what?’ Whilst nobody really understood what Boris was going on about, it was widely acknowledged that the capital had endured a day as bad as any since the Blitz.