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.