Friday 7 July 2017 8.46am
Yes, it is a shame, but when the Borough Market
attack was first reported I had mixed feelings about the alleged "Blank you, I'm Millwall" utterance.
My initial feeling was of head shaking sadness, this was the kind of cry I'd expect to hear from a Den hooligan, aimed at an opposing fan, but here was the media, likening it to Shakespeare's Henry V speech, "Once more unto the breach dear friends, or close the wall up with our english dead."
Coupled with that feeling, was one of sneaking admiration, if the newspaper reports were true, (and I'm cynical enough to sometimes disbelieve the date at the top of the page in some of our rags), the guy had stood up to crazed jihadi knifemen.
Granted, the thought occurred that Mr. Larner had been swayed into action by a surfeit of alcohol, had he been stone cold sober, his Bermondsey bravado may not have bubbled to the surface, but again, if we're to believe the reports, he had stood against them anyway.
What to make of it all now? It might be better to just let time erase it all from our memories.