DDU News Nuggets
Bristol has put its damaged statue of Edward Colston, along with some protest posters, on display whilst the debate about relics of the past and identity rumbles on. The Mayor has always phrased this as a decision for the people of Bristol where opinions remain divided. The wider arguments about race, contested history, and whether the mob should be free to decide also carries on.
This week’s prize for the silliest people goes to King’s College, London, where an apology has been made for the “harm” caused by showing a photograph of the late Prince Philip. We can only hope that the perpetrators of this ridiculous act will now fall on their own swords as recompense for the hurt they have caused the Queen by trashing her recently deceased husband, not to mention the rest of us who have developed hernias as a result of laughing at these clots.
The commentator, Rakib Ehsan, made a trenchant comment on this incident: “King’s College London apologising to its staff – grown adults – who have supposedly suffered ‘harm’ after being sent an image of Prince Philip. Being oversensitive and itching to be outraged are dominant features of the modern-Left intelligentsia. A pathetic state of affairs.”
Not before time, Minister Liz Truss is urging that government organisations stop paying the so-called pressure group, Stonewall, for their advice. Recently recorded as having given duff information to Essex University, this pressure group, which holds views on women that annoy many women who see this as a challenge to their human rights, is also raking in taxpayers’ money as an ‘equalities’ advisor.
In America, where everybody seems to know the price of everything, a protest has hit a difficulty in commemorating the massacre at Tulsa. The disputed matter is how much survivors should receive to attend the event.
In the New Statesman, meanwhile, Emily Tamkin is lecturing us all that we need to do more to express regret for this event – she appears to mean financial reparations. Precisely why people who were not responsible or involved should be asked to fork out is unclear and illogical, but that is the zeitgeist in New Statesman land.
The National Trust goes, it seems, from bad to worse. In an essay in The Criticmagazine, it is revealed that not only have they apparently done nothing to restore a building burned down on their watch, but at Penrhyn Castle they are paying a novelist to write twelve stories about her reaction to the troubled connection to slavery, whilst at Holnicote they have apparently broken the terms of the bequest. Not so much contested history as fiction and bad faith?
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