Conservative lover-of-freedom Boris Johnson rejoiced today as Parliament Square was restored to its historic role as an unloved and inaccessible traffic island.
Bailiffs and police moved in overnight to secure the square for all those who risk their lives crossing three lanes of traffic on route to a featureless patch of grass.
Pedestrian crossings to the island have long been absent and plans to pedestrianise the square were scrapped by Boris two years ago.
However the Mayor said today that he was overjoyed that the island could once again be enjoyed by the millions of "responsible protestors" and jaywalkers who visit it every year.
Westminster Council chief Colin Barrow said he was pleased that "vociferous minorities" had been turfed out of a "World Heritage Site"
Irritating pedants once again pointed out that Parliament Square has *never* been part of any World Heritage Site.
However, thanks to Boris and Colin it will remain an unloved and unreachable patch of grass surrounded by three lanes of gridlocked traffic.
And anyone wishing to protest about this state of affairs would be advised to stay off the lawn.