Comments: You cannot rewrite history

Your headline - hear, hear.
Lord Patten spoke eloquently and well on BBC Radio 4 this morning about Cecil Rhodes.
Alas, nothing is straightforward. If I choose not to have that nice bottle of South African wine, am I not helping to put someone out of work?
On another note, what would be left if we obliterate anything which caused offence to anyone?

Posted by Tim W. on 10 June, 2020 at 8:36 AM

Tim - yes - I read tonight that Hackney are about to remove the 'Geffrye Museum' and probably Sir Geffrye's statue from outside, and rename it the 'Museum of the Home'. One of my favourite museums. FFS.

And as for SA - as you know, having also spent time there, the problems are complicated and difficult. If all the people in this county who are wetting their knickers over black/white inequality knew what still happened there, neary 30 years after the end of apatheid, well, it would give them some perspective.

And let's not forget the group who are the most disadvantaged in our education system... white young working class males. We don't hear much about that.

It's all a focus/distraction from the real issues of today. Inept government, once again, and a huge, unexplained, and unnecessary death rate.

Posted by Blue Witch on 10 June, 2020 at 7:58 PM