I just happened across an old news item which told of the removal of the statue of slave trader Robert Milligan which took place in June 2020 and was removed to the Museum of London where it was to be “contextualised” whatever that may be.

Personally, I still favour the idea of leaving them where they are and placing a plaque on the statue explaining the story of why the statue was there, I imagine this may be “contextualising” but who am I to know.

What I found a little unfair about the removal of the statue was the petition to remove it contained some 4000 people which means that of the population of Tower Hamlets, some 374,591 the vast majority of 370,591 didn’t sign the petition to have the statue removed.

I find this quite a strange modern trend whereby the minority of people can have statues taken down or advertisements removed from the television, to me this is not the more old fashioned way of doing things where the majority had to vote for something before it happened. Ah well that’s modern life for you, it certainly is a trend although I wouldn’t call it logical.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. Of course, buying a T shirt for a few pounds, when it has been produced by people paid a pittance, (often children) has nothing to do with slavery. Nothing to see here!

  2. SueW says:

    I agree with you, Joe and also with Peter’s comment.

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