Kent police have today raised a "Gypsy and Traveller flag" to show their support for those two communities.
A very similar gesture to "taking the knee" to BLM supporters, I suppose.
Despite making this gesture, however, the force has been heavily criticised by more than a thousand people on social media many of whom suggest the police should abandon their "left-wing woke politics".
The Deputy Chief constable of Kent said, "British policing is by consent and Kent Police seeks to positively engage with all our communities."
He's absolutely right that British policing is by consent these days: any group of people who don't want the police in their area have only to attack them with big sticks and bottles and the cops very wisely interpret that as a denial of consent.
I can't help thinking that Britain's changed radically in recent times.
I mean, at what other time in British history has a policeman ever put his hand on a villain's shoulder and said "I arrest you . . ." only to be met with "No you don't, mate. I'm withdrawing my consent to be policed."
Similarly, can British motorists today drive at any speed they choose without fear of prosecution simply by visiting a police website before they get in the car and ticking a box saying "consent to be policed withdrawn"?
I'm sure that wouldn't work for either your average active villain or your average speeding motorist.
Perhaps it works for certain people and not others?
I'll have to do more research.