It was different because they were not just driving past, they were doing donuts. Considered disrespectful at a war monument. And I agree with that.i read that cenotaph story a few days ago. i think the issue there was the wowsers (those non-automotive people who complain about everything top gear does).
cars drive past that cenotaph every day. how is this different?
The council say now that they wouldn't have given permission to do anything other than drive down that street, but i find that highly unlikely. i'm sure they never even considered it a problem until the media started calling.