The map above shows the UK ‘power triangle’ with St James Park as its heartland. The three points of this triangle are the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. While some would say that it’s not clear what parliament stands for, what is more ambiguous today is what does Trafalgar Square currently stand for. Nelson stands high above representing British military victory & empire and of course the incredible wealth that flowed from the colonies of past. That’s all gone now with the only significant military power with a global reach being the United States.
Many public demonstrations end up in Trafalgar Square. Of course you have to register your demonstration with the police otherwise you’ll end up in the slammer. Protests as far back as the 1800s (even earlier) have converged on Trafalgar Square, some of them ending up in pitched battles with the police. It is quintessentially British that this physical triangle of organised power & descent be in such close proximity to each other.
It’s allowed to happen because it must reflect that British belief in themselves that their country invented modern day democracy. It works because the military are still based at its heart, literally …. on Birdcage Walk. The Metropolitian Police also have their HQ nearby in Scotland Yard. The power triangle has been well krafted and is carefully controlled. Does it work for the disgruntled citizen? Maybe. Just don’t rock that boat now.