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Moving On

June 9, 2020

Today Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced a commission to examine all statues in London with a view to removing those with links to slavery and plantation owners. The Black Lives Matter protests in Bristol and the toppling of the long disputed, deeply disliked statue of Colston have rightly brought this to the public's attention. He said "it's important that we take the right steps to work together to bring change and ensure that we can all be proud of our public landscape... the city’s landmarks – including street names, the names of public buildings and plaques – will be reviewed by a commission to ensure they reflect the capital’s diversity. In an interview on Radio 4 this morning he included women amongst those who should be honoured by more statues. 

The commission - which will be co-chaired by Debbie Weekes-Bernard, the deputy mayor for social integration, social mobility and community engagement, and deputy mayor for culture and creative industries Justine Simons - will include historians as well as arts, council and community leaders.

Surely this must be an initiative that will be echoed everywhere in the country. Now is the time for us all to consider who it is that we will choose to be "looking up to".