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Winston Churchill's mural attracts complaints from the woke brigade


A mural of Winston Churchill wearing stockings and suspenders and wearing the V mark has sparked complaints from locals claiming the hand movement is "offensive".

The mural of the warrior in lingerie was painted on a side wall of the Sandpiper guest house in Brighton by an illusory local artist named Horace.

The guesthouse owner, Mr Phillips, who only provided his last name, received a call from Brighton and Hove City Council informing him that he had received complaints about the mural.

Mr Phillips – who had three days to change the picture – called Horace because he feared the local authorities would "ruin" the painting.

But the council made a U-turn at the eleventh hour, claiming the "decision has been overturned" and that the mural need not be changed as the gesture is "historically authentic".

Churchill greeted World War II with the legendary greeting "V for victory".

A mural of Winston Churchill wearing stockings and suspenders and wearing the V mark (pictured) has sparked complaints from locals who claim the hand gesture is "offensive".

Churchill greeted on November 10, 1942 in World War II with the legendary greeting "V for victory"

Churchill greeted on November 10, 1942 in World War II with the legendary greeting "V for victory"

Horace, once called Worthing's answer to Banksy, was the artist behind the mural.

The painting called Churchill rainbow was created as part of a series featuring well-known Brightonians and those with ties to the city.

Winston Churchill went to school in Hove and since the artist could not find a picture with legs, stockings and suspenders were added to the mural instead.

A council spokesman said he had only received one complaint and that the mural did not need to be changed as the gesture was "historically authentic".

Horace was amazed that the mural was criticized only for the V mark – and not for the women's underwear.

He said, “I was surprised when Mr. Phillips contacted me. I thought the picture might be controversial, but because of the stockings, not the V mark.

“It never occurred to me that people would be offended by this the way he did. As a result, I didn't change it. & # 39;

A statue of the former prime minister was branded with the words "was a racist" during the summer demonstrations

A statue of the former prime minister was branded with the words "was a racist" during the summer demonstrations

Representations of Winston Churchill (a statue in London, pictured) have been massively outraged this year by critics who have accused the former prime minister of racism and colonialism

Representations of Winston Churchill (a statue in London, pictured) have been massively outraged this year by critics who have accused the former prime minister of racism and colonialism

The statue of War PM

Authorities barricaded the statue from another wave of protests after it was destroyed

Authorities barricaded the statue from another wave of protests after it was destroyed

Oxford College drops the benefactor's name from its famous library

Oxford's most elite college has removed the name of a benefactor who owns slaves from its famous library – but has decided to leave its statue.

All Souls said it will stop referring to the Codrington Library, named after Christopher Codrington who gave the college £ 10,000 to build a collection when he died in 1710.

The college said that while it would no longer use the name "Codrington Library", "more forms of memory and contextualization" would be added to explain the sculpture.

These additions will "draw attention to the presence of enslaved people at Codrington Plantations and express the college's aversion to slavery," the college said.

Mr Phillips said he was "relieved" by the council's decision not to order the change to the painting.

"It's a win for Sandpiper Guesthouse," he added.

Horace has also painted portraits in town of rock singer Nick Cave and former model Katie Price portraying her as Wonder Woman.

A council spokesman said: “A couple of weeks ago we had a complaint about it because the V mark was seen as an offensive gesture.

& # 39; The employee who requested the removal was advised by the owner that the gesture was indeed historically authentic.

"After we determined that this was indeed the case, we reached out to the owner to apologize and point out that the mural does not need to be changed."

Winston Churchill's portrayals were controversial this year amid the global Black Lives Matter movement.

Some activists have criticized Churchill for racism, colonialism and his handling of the famine in Bengal, which upset the politician's supporters.

Churchill's statue was defaced with the words "was a racist" during demonstrations in June.

After the graffiti, steps have been taken to completely cover the statue, which is in a prime location on Parliament Square.

It was completely enclosed in a protective box to repel further attacks.

The British Library adds a dossier to the poet award winner Ted Hughes linking him to slavery and colonialism

By Jack Newman for MailOnline

The famous poet Ted Hughes has been included in a dossier by the British Library linking him to slavery and colonialism.

The former poet Laureate, who came from a humble background in Yorkshire, was a descendant of Nicholas Ferrar, who was in the slave trade about 300 years before Hughes' birth.

Ferrar, born in 1592, and his family were "closely associated with the London Virginia Company," which, according to the British Library, wanted to establish colonies in North America.

The famous poet Ted Hughes has been included in a dossier by the British Library linking him to slavery and colonialism

The famous poet Ted Hughes has been included in a dossier by the British Library linking him to slavery and colonialism

The research is being conducted to find evidence of "links to slavery, gains from slavery, or from colonialism".

The research is being conducted to find evidence of "links to slavery, gains from slavery, or from colonialism".

The research is being conducted to find evidence of "links to slavery, gains from slavery, or from colonialism," reported The Telegraph.

Hughes was born in the village of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, in 1930, where his father worked as a carpenter before running a newsagents and tobacconists.

He attended Cambridge University on a scholarship, where he met his future wife Sylvia Plath.

Along with Hughes, who died in 1998, the British Library identified Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, and George Orwell as the benefits of distant relatives' slavery.

Lord Byron, who died in 1824, was identified as a beneficiary of slavery due to his great-grandfather and uncle's involvement in the trade

Lord Byron, who died in 1824, was identified as a beneficiary of slavery due to his great-grandfather and uncle's involvement in the trade

Oscar Wilde was inducted because of his uncle's interest in the slave trade, though research found there was no evidence that the celebrated Irish writer had inherited any of the money

Oscar Wilde was inducted because of his uncle's interest in the slave trade, though research found there was no evidence that the celebrated Irish writer had inherited any of the money

It is part of the institution's plans to become "actively anti-racist" by providing context for remembering historical figures.

It is the result of this year's Black Lives Matter movement that has resulted in a re-evaluation of a number of people and institutions from our past.

But the weak link between Hughes and Ferrar, to whom he is related on his mother's side, has caused trouble among experts of the great writer.

His biographer Sir Jonathan Bate said: “It is ridiculous to tar Hughes with a slave trade association. And it's not a helpful way of thinking about writers.

"Why on earth would you judge the quality of an artist's work based on distant ancestors?"

He added that Ferrar was better known as the priest and scholar who founded the Little Gidding religious group.

George Orwell, who was born Eric Blair in India, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica

George Orwell, who was born Eric Blair in India, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica

The romantic poet Lord Byron was added to this list because his great-grandfather was a merchant who owned an estate in Grenada.

His uncle also owned a plantation in St. Kitts by marriage.

Oscar Wilde was inducted because of his uncle's interest in the slave trade, although research found there was no evidence that the celebrated Irish writer had inherited any of the money through practice.

Brits are erasing their past: the "racist" street names and controversial plaques have been torn down and renamed

The move to rename De Montfort University comes after the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was moved into Bristol Harbor in June, sparking wider debate about its historical links to institutions across the country.

The 17th-century bronze memorial to the slave trader was demolished on June 7th during a protest against Black Lives Matter amid mounting tensions over Britain's colonial past sparked by the worldwide outcry following the death of George Floyd on June 25th May died in police custody in Minnesota.

Activists linked to the anti-racism movement have since called for the overthrow of 92 statues, streets or other monuments they believe are racist. A full list is compiled on the website www.toppletheracists.org.

A number of schools and buildings named after Colston then launched consultations that were to be renamed.

Paint was pelted at a statue of Admiral Lord Nelson in Deptford Town Hall, South East London, while the tombstone of music singer GH Elliott, who sang in black script, was covered up in Rottingdean, East Sussex.

Elsewhere, National Trust chiefs said they were reviewing a statue of a kneeling African figure clad in leaves and wearing the sundial above his head that stands outside Dunham Massey Hall in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

And in South Wales, a plaque commemorating the 17th century slave trader Captain Thomas Phillips in Brecon was demolished.

Activists forced the removal of the 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan from outside the London Museum on West India Quay in Docklands in June.

More than 130 councils have announced plans to review monuments in their authorities for "adequacy" and London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he will conduct his own review of statues and street names in the capital.

Mayor Anderson also announced that Liverpool Council would continue plans to put signs describing Liverpool's role in slavery on streets named after slave owners. Possible streets include Rodney Street, Parr Street and Earle Street in the city center.

In September, the governors of the Sir John Cass Foundation Elementary School said her name was "inconsistent" with the school's values. It will now be Aldgate School.

And in September hundreds of people signed a petition calling for Edinburgh's James Gillespie High School to be renamed. James Gillespie was born in 1726 and was a wealthy tobacco trader in 18th century Edinburgh. He was one of the richest men in the capital.

Meanwhile, George Orwell, who was born in India as Eric Blair, had a great-grandfather who was a wealthy slave owner in Jamaica.

But the Orwell Society said the money was gone long before Orwell was even born.

It was recently reported that the British Library also "checked" its manuscripts of Sir Hans Sloane after activists targeted one of London's many landmarks, including the famous Sloane Square, named after the pioneering doctor.

The move was revealed in a note on his website and coincides with a broader review of Sloane's legacy in which the British Museum he founded removed his bust from a pedestal and affixed the label "slave owner".

The 18th-century philanthropist financed his collection of 71,000 artifacts, in part with money from his wife's sugar plantation in Jamaica, where slave labor was used.

A statue of its kind in Duke of York Square on Kings Road has drawn the anger of protesters.

However, the multi-million dollar Cadogan Estate, which manages the site on behalf of his descendant, billionaire Earl Cadogan, resisted requests to remove the statue.

They pointed to his amazing legacy which included pioneering the smallpox vaccine and the use of quinine to treat malaria. He is also credited with inventing hot chocolate.

Challenging his legacy could also include campaigns to rename the numerous streets that commemorate him – many of which are on the Cadogan Estate.

In addition to the British Museum, Sloane also founded the Natural History Museum and the Chelsea Physic Garden, and was the founding governor of the Foundling Hospital. All of these websites contain references to Sloane that may now be under threat.

Another destination could be the famous Sloane Square and its well-heeled residents … nicknamed Sloane Rangers, of whom Princess Diana was considered an archetype.

Sloane's descendant, Earl Cadogan, has a seat in the House of Lords and still owns portions of some of the most exclusive properties in London as part of his inheritance.

Much of this land is named after the respected doctor and collector, including Sloane Street, Sloane Avenue, Sloane Terrace, and a network of three streets with his first name Hans.

A statue of Sloane can be found in Duke of York Square, an exclusive shopping, dining and residential complex on Kings Road in the heart of the 300-year-old Cadogan Estate.

The British Library now houses the Sloane manuscripts, including works by the Elizabethan astronomer John Dee, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and Henry VIII's Collection of Medical Prescriptions.

The British Library said on its website: “Some items in the British Library that belonged to certain individuals previously identified on these pages are related to wealth gained from enslaved people or colonial violence.

"The curators on the Printed Heritage Collections team have done some research to identify these. This is part of ongoing work to interpret and document the origins and history of the printed collections we oversee."

The British Library was asked to comment.

More than a quarter of students "censor" their own opinions because they fear their university's culture will be canceled by guards – and 40% fear that if they speak up, their careers will be ruined

By Max Aitchison for the mail on Sunday

More than a quarter of students "censor themselves" because they fear their views clash with the "awakened" values ​​their university holds, according to a shocking new poll.

27 percent of the students stated that they actively “hidden” their opinions when they contradicted those of their colleagues and tutors.

More than half of those who have censored themselves have done so because of their political views. Another 40 percent withheld their opinion on ethical or religious issues for fear of judgment.

On a terrifying suggestion that those with “unfashionable” views fear that speaking out will have long-term consequences, nearly 40 percent of respondents said that voicing their true opinion in college would affect their careers.

27 percent of the students stated that they actively “hidden” their opinions when they contradicted those of their colleagues and tutors

27 percent of the students stated that they actively “hidden” their opinions when they contradicted those of their colleagues and tutors

Freedom of expression activists yesterday evening likened some sites to "Maoist re-education camps" dominated by "lively orthodoxy," where only the most liberal and left-wing views are tolerated.

Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent said, “We need to keep our world's leading universities as free as possible, and we need students and the people who teach them to feel like they are discussing ideas and perspectives , discuss and exchange ideas from different perspectives.

“If we lose that, we'll lose whatever makes our universities great. Freedom of expression is a fundamental aspect of our national identity. & # 39;

The survey, conducted by Survation on behalf of ADF International, a faith-based legal advocacy organization, found that more than a third (36 percent) of students hold views that are legal to express but consider them to be "unacceptable “Are classified as Studentenwerk.

Ryan Christopher, Director of ADF International UK, said: “At university of all places, students should be free to discuss and explore ideas – especially those they disagree with.

“Institutional policies and practices can suggest that even popular beliefs are not pale.

More than half of those who have censored themselves have done so because of their political views. Another 40 percent withheld their opinion on ethical or religious issues for fear of judgment

More than half of those who have censored themselves have done so because of their political views. Another 40 percent withheld their opinion on ethical or religious issues for fear of judgment

"Today's censorship on campus can easily become culture in public spaces."

The survey, which received responses from 1,028 current university students and graduates across the country, found that 44 percent felt that faculty would treat them differently if they publicly expressed important views.

Two fifths of the respondents stated that so-called “no platforming” – in which events are canceled due to the views of speakers – has become more common at their university.

Earlier this year, former Home Secretary Amber Rudd was only 30 minutes before she was due to give a speech at Oxford University on how women can be encouraged into politics "without a platform".

The UN Women Oxford UK Society withdrew their invitation after leftist students complained about their role in the Windrush immigration scandal. In response, Oxford closed the company.

Toby Young, who founded the Union for Free Expression in February, said his organization was inundated with students begging for help.

"They thought they applied to university, but they ended up in a Maoist re-education camp," he added.

“If they say something that challenges prevailing awakened orthodoxy – for example, if they deny the idea that trans women are women – a complaint is filed with the authorities and they are subjected to dubious, quasi-legal proceedings similar to struggle Sessions during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

"If you don't throw yourself at the feet of your inquisitors and denounce your white privilege, you will likely get kicked out and reported to the police for 'hate speech'."

During last year's general election, the Tory Manifesto pledged to "strengthen academic freedom and freedom of speech" in universities.

In July, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson stated that weak universities would only qualify for emergency loans if they could "demonstrate their commitment to academic freedom and freedom of expression."

J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis and Sir Salman Rushdie were among the 150 leading writers, academics and thinkers who signed an open letter this summer condemning the "culture of annulment" for promoting freedom of expression in higher education, Restricting journalism, philanthropy and the arts.

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