Quotes of the week June 17th


“His life was under threat, so I just went under, scooped him up, put him on my shoulders and started marching towards the police with him. […] I just want equality, equality for all of us. At the moment, the scales are unfairly balanced and I just want things to be fair for my children and my grandchildren.”


Patrick Hutchinson, the Black Lives Matter demonstrator who carried a counter-protester to safety during Saturday’s protests in London has spoken out about the moment he decided to intervene to help the man.


“As a nation, we are still dealing with the consequences of what happened and working to make sure it never happens again. While those affected by Grenfell are not able to gather in person, all of us in this country are with you in spirit.”


Boris Johnson spoke about the Grenfell fire in a video message played at a virtual service of commemoration hosted by the Bishop of Kensington.

“Just because the majority of opinion is on side, and I absolutely accept they were, and that, as I say, was evidenced by the programme, it was the language with which the intro was phrased, which I felt basically belonged more on the op-ed page in a newspaper than it did as the intro to an impartial broadcast programme.”


The BBC’s head of news, Fran Unsworth has said that Emily Maitlis’ Newsnight monologue about Dominic Cummings belonged “more on the op-ed page in a newspaper” than as the introduction to “an impartial broadcast programme”.