On an afternoon when thousands of far-right protesters draped themselves in Union Jacks and anti-Islam ideologues vied with each other to give the most patriotic speech, it was left to a woman in a headscarf to show everyone the best of what it is to be British.
Specifically, a woman in a headscarf driving the number nine bus to Hammersmith.
As demonstrators left a rally in support of jailed EDL founder Tommy Robinson, they blockaded her vehicle in Trafalgar Square. For almost 30 minutes, they rattled windows and pinned “Britain Loves Trump” posters to the windscreen.
Yet surrounded by dozens of protestors, the driver reacted with almost stereotypical Britishness: with courage, tolerance and with an exquisite amount of eye-rolling. Occasionally, she appeared to check a watch.
Like a captain of a ship, she refused to abandon her vessel, even after passengers were evacuated amid fears for their safety. She remained in her driving seat almost throughout. At one point she seemed to ask if protestors would let her continue her journey. They did not.
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