In Parliament Square small children dance in the sun on the plinths of statues.
They seem to have chosen wisely – ones they feel safe on.
None are standing under Benjamin Disraeli, or Lord Palmerston, or General Smuts.
Some are standing among flowers, as though they have grown there.
Some are jumping up and down under the open hands of Nelson Mandela, giving them a protective benediction.
Other are doing the same under the spreading banner of Millicent Fawcett – “Courage calls to courage everywhere”- as Millicent stares sternly above their heads.
Ghandi has been left in peace, but someone has stuck an XR sticker on the hem of his shawl. He does not seem to be offended.