THE silent majority spoke for Britain on Armistice Day, not for the screaming mob that raged at the foot of Whitehall’s sacred cenotaph.
Sirens and whistles brought millions of shoppers, sports fans, dog walkers and decent citizens to a halt with their caps removed as a sign of respect for the glorious dead of two and more world wars.
We witnessed a dignified, two-fingered salute to the 300,000 pro-Palestinian standard bearers who continued their march in defiance of the Prime Minister and the police.
Unfortunately there were fewer poppies to be seen on Saturday after intimidating scenes of British Legion volunteers being surrounded by anti-Israel mobs.
Yet the momentous ceasefire that silenced the guns 105 years ago only served to expose the fraudulent calls for Israeli surrender while Hamas continues to hold 242 Israelis hostage.
Armistice Day 1918 marked an honorable peace.
A ceasefire in Gaza would be immediately destroyed by Hamas killers determined to keep killing.
It is beyond ironic that many of the protesters have benefited from the tolerance and rule of law that attracted them to this country in the first place.
But now some appear poised to undermine the very bonds that hold this country together.
The simple fact is that Saturday’s march should never have taken place – not at the behest of the police, but at the conscience of those who set out to stir up public dismay.
Instead of a ceremonial wreath-laying ceremony, we witnessed a calculated snub of the King of England, the British people and their democratically elected government.
This act of defiance predictably led to violence against police.
It was a calculated, predictable – and predictable – red flag to drunken right-wing thugs looking for a fight.
Leftists are absurdly calling for the boss of Suella Braverman, who dared to claim that the police were intimidated by violent demonstrations.
After the brutal disruption of the vigil for the murder of Sarah Everard and the reckless capitulation to the Black Lives Matter protests, even the police know they were right.
Far from getting rid of this outspoken Home Secretary, we need more like her in government.
Instead, we seem doomed to endure these huge confrontations indefinitely while police stand by and pretend they are “mostly peaceful.”
By any interpretation, Suella was right when she said these were “hate marches.”
Some of the participants might be useful idiots who know nothing about Gaza, Hamas, or even Ceasefire Day.
Many have no idea about the Holocaust murders of six million Jews or the 1,400 slaughtered by Hamas just a few weeks ago.
Gormless gay protesters wave banners reading “Queers for Palestine,” apparently anticipating that if they fell into the hands of Hamas they would be immediately thrown in prison or thrown off a tall building.
Women join in without knowing that women are being treated like chattel.
But in this context, ignorance is strength.
Our confusion about racism, sexism, gender wars and white imperialism is a gift to extremists.
Behind the many well-meaning demonstrators are dozens of die-hard Hamas sympathizers for whom the lives and freedom of infidels are worthless.
The Met is now full of young police officers raised on identity politics and more sympathetic to eco-idiots and trans-rights protesters than to the impartial rule of law.
Police chiefs and politicians offer little support.
Many Tories who were threatened with rejection in the election have simply given up.
Will a Labor government under Sir Keir Starmer provide a solution?
Don’t hold your breath.
Remember: Labor is the party of open borders, human rights abuses, hate crime and the calamity known as multiculturalism.
Despite the Tory’s feeble attempts to catch up, for 14 years Labor has been the source and inspiration for those open borders, bloated welfare, classroom chaos and the decriminalization of drugs, knives, car theft and all but “hate” crimes.
Sir Keir Starmer may remain steadfast on Israel, but can he be trusted once he is in office?
He has a shady past, considering he supported Jeremy Corbyn, who failed to tackle rampant anti-Semitism in the Labor Party.
It can only improve?
Just keep that thought for the next 12 months.
David: “Stop the guns”
Former would-be Labor leader David Miliband has called for a partial ceasefire in Gaza.
But what about Ed, who overtook his brother in 2010 and is best known for tearing up a bacon butty on camera and burying the UK in “green crap”?
Ed has called for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – although not since a flare-up in 2014.
He said nothing about the October 7 atrocities.
And although he is Jewish, he has not reiterated his position as a friend of Israel.
The silence is troubling to those who enjoy hearing his views.