London’s mayor Boris Johnson says: "No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision. Some said it was a snub to Britain," he wrote. "Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire — of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender. Some said that perhaps Churchill was seen as less important than he once was. Perhaps his ideas were old-fashioned and out of date."