“Are we going to tear down the Churchill statue?” “: Andrew Castle questions an activist

8 January 2022, 09:26

Former council chief and activist Linda Bellos has been called into question over the implications of the Colston Four acquittal.

“What most people, or at least some people, will be concerned about is the message this sends,” Andrew Castle told former Lambeth Council chief and equality activist Linda Bellos OBE.

His comments came in the wake of the acquittal of the ‘Colston Four’, who were on trial for the overturning of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol in 2020.

Attorney General Suella Braverman is “carefully considering” whether the case should go to the Court of Appeal.

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He admitted that Mr Colston’s actions were “totally unacceptable” and that the sharing of his wealth by the slave trader with the city of Bristol “certainly does not make up for that”.

“Who’s next to be judged by today’s standards?” André asked.

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“Are we going to tear down the Churchill statue?” “

Ms Bellos countered Andrew’s comments: “There was not even an apology for Britain’s role in enslaving millions of Africans,” she said.

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The activist argued that the failure to recognize the public’s fury against the slave traders celebrated with statues is at the heart of the problem.

“There is nothing we can do with the facts of millions of Africans being taken away, enslaved, murdered and a host of terrible things, and in Britain we have statues that say it’s okay.”

Ms Bellos concluded by saying that all statues commemorating slave traders should be removed.

“Something has to be done and some young people have done something.”

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