A slightly unfair ellipsis

I’m reading a piece from tomorrow’s Times, thanks to the magic of the interweb, and this little possibility of sub-editing fair jumped out of the page at me. It makes it seem as if the Police don’t share Boris’s enthusiasm.

A big crowd is expected for the fireworks display at the London Eye tonight and Boris Johnson, the Mayor, promised a spectacle that would show the world that “the most exciting city on Earth” was looking forward to the future with “optimism and energy”.

[…] The Metropolitan Police urged people to wear warm, waterproof clothing and be prepared for crowd congestion and long delays.

Hmm, now I write it out, it seems less funny. Oh, well, I’ll hit publish anyway.


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