Government plans on making it harder to remove controversial statues

Government plans on making it harder to remove controversial statues
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The government plans on introducing new legal protections for statues linked to colonialism and racism, with a minister saying the UK should not try to edit or censor its history.

Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said decisions to take down heritage assets in England will need both planning permission and a consultation with local communities to go ahead.

Elsewhere in the capital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals removed two statues of their namesakes from public view due to slave trade links.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Jenrick said there had recently been attempts to “erase” pieces of “our national story”.

“This has been done at the hand of the flash mob, or by the decree of a ‘cultural committee’ of town hall militants and woke worthies,” he said.

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