Although Londoners themselves need little encouragement to get back onto the tube and buses and generally keep London ticking, it seems there is at least one group that needs to take extra precautions before daring to come back to the capital: the US Army.
Yep, that's right. Although last weekend was safe enough for elderly British service men to gather en mass and schoolchildren and pensioners are once again packing the double deckers our brave American allies in the armed forces are being advised to stay away.
What a fucking joke.
We're less concerned about mixed messages because we KNOW that to stay away from London right now is ridiculous - Ken has the right idea and he seems to be able to get on a tube train without any unarmed combat skills (as far as we know) so again it shows that the American perspective on this incident is terribly skewed.
We can't help but laugh at the irony involved here - Join the army and see the world - just not the bits that we've helped to make more dangerous.
It seems that this 'order' will probably be rescinded sooner rather than later, but at the moment we double dare anyone on the right wing to accuse the French or anyone else for that matter of cowardice. When your army is being advised to take more care than your tourists you really don't have a leg to stand on.
We're guessing that the only people really missing the American army personnel’s 'input' right now are based in Soho. Londonist readers are asked to think of the poor prostitutes during this blight and perhaps step into the breach where appropriate.
UPDATE: From 11.34am this morning it seems that the US Military (the airforce to be precise) is allowed back within the M25. Only a day or so after Dubya said "In this difficult hour, the people of Great Britain can know the American people stand with you". To be fair he never did say exactly 'where' they'd be standing.