"There is no intelligence to suggest any specific group will attack the pope," he said, adding that the last few attacks on the pontiff were by Catholics.
He pointed out that other events — including a full football programme — were continuing during the visit and the police operation would be "nowhere near the scale of the Notting Hill carnival".Let's look at that again. The police operation for the four-day papal visit is nowhere near the scale of the Notting Hill Carnival.
Nor is the cost. The total cost of the policing for the papal visit is somewhere between £1m and 1.5m. The cost of policing the Notting Hill Carnival is £6.6m.
The G20? £7.5m. Tamil ceasefire protests? £12.8m. (You get the idea.)