England’s War of the Posers

 This just in from the front: Boris Johnson has surrendered to Sadiq Khan                                        

English Heritage will review all 950 of the blue plaques it maintains across London for “problematic connotations.”

The body maintains London’s ‘blue plaques’ on the exterior of buildings were famous and historical figures have lived or worked. The scheme was started in 1866 and is believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world.

English Heritage told The Times that while it has no current intention to remove plaques belonging to those deemed racist or having connections to the slave trade, it will be adding “contextualising digital content” online, likely detailing the historical figures’ sins

The newspaper of record speculates that one blue plaque which could be subject to ‘digital contextualising’ is that of Field Marshal Montgomery who defeated the Nazis at El Alamein, because of his pro-colonial rhetoric. Author Daniel Defoe, who held shares in the slave-trading Royal African Company, could also be branded with the digital Scarlet Letter…

Blue plagues, as well as statues and street names, will be reviewed by the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm — an Orwellian-sounding body that Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan launched last week.

The Conservative government has also announced its own social justice audit, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said would “look at all aspects of inequality – in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life”.

 
Johnson and Donald Trump haven’t distinguished themselves on the sacred subject of history over the past two weeks. Unlike M. Macron. The President of France manfully told his nation no statues or monuments (physical and otherwise) would be destroyed on his watch. From that attitudinal redoubt, he assured citizens of all creeds and colours that the work of building a more perfect republic would go on. Very sound.

Johnson and Trump took the nearly opposite approach: they first conceded there is a real issue to ‘address’ – in the irritating parlance of these morally subjective times – and then beat their chests about the safe subjects of Churchill’s statue and the names of army bases. President Trump went so far as to presume George Floyd was “looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country.” Really? Why didn’t someone think of burning, looting, destroying and murdering sooner, Mr President? Here, Scott Morrison’s oh-so Liberal Party response to the barbarism afoot was jaded, gormless utilitarianism of the tiresomely familiar via media variety: “I’m not interested in what shows get cancelled. I’m not interested in what statues get torn down.” Scotty from marketing is not interested.

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18 Responses to England’s War of the Posers

  1. Whalehunt Fun

    Make the Snotty from Marketing.
    Mind you, anyone who has not ordered the army in to shoot and bayonet any person rioting or defacing or shouting at police is a craven traitor in my view. Sitting out here by myself in the slightly right of centre, Snotty looks pretty leftwing to me.

  2. Infidel Tiger King

    The reformation is why Anglo countries are so bad at this.

    Catholics will hold the line.

  3. Inner Party: Greens and ALP
    Outer Party: Stupid farking LNP
    Proles: You and I.

  4. Scott Osmond

    Because our posers want to sit at the cool kids table expect the same thing to happen here. The conservatives don’t disagree with the left, they just want a slower timetable. I submit the last 20 years of the LNP as evidence. If you want to know what policies the LNP will take to the 2022-2025 elections look at the polocies Labor is advocating for now. A phrase LNP have used in the past has been “we need to be realistic”. This one was the excuse for going all in with the climate change stuff. Ditto ssm and mass immigration.

  5. Louis Litt

    Scotty Osmond And whalenut fun – spot on – really the kool kids are Useless – stupid student union

  6. Mother Lode

    What moral degenerates, that their spirit of virtue stirs them to nothing more than surrender, humiliation, and obsequious abandoning of their forbears to savage festivals of ignominy.

    Their bones and sinews are so atrophied from habitual prostration that they no longer even conceive the remotest possibility of standing up.

  7. John Bayley

    If the Stupid F*ken Conservatives/Liberals/RINOs actually wanted to make a positive difference to ‘inequality’, they would start with reducing the size of the public service, reintroducing some form of sound money, mandating balanced budgets and abolishing, or at least severely restricting, the market-distorting activities of their respective central banks.

    But of course that’s too hard and might lose them some ‘likes’ on social media.

    Much easier to start with those blue plaques.

    Yellow stars will be next.

  8. Hay Stockard

    The protesters aren’t going to vote for Trump or Johnson. Nor Scotty from marketing for that matter. A confident manly man would tell them to get stuffed. And act accordingly. It’s all a left wing stunt anyway.

  9. Entropy

    Maybe someone could run around putting a scarlet A on all these statues and plaques.
    Although given the state of education today and the ignorance of teachers generally, most people wouldn’t get it.

  10. Roger

    The Conservative government has also announced its own social justice audit, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said would “look at all aspects of inequality – in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life”.

    Young adult blacks in the UK are more likely to go to university than their white peers.

    This disturbing fact needs looking at, Boris.

    More news on how well blacks are doing in the UK here. It really is, by and large, a good news story.

  11. egg_

    problematic

    Uh oh, the Leftoid buzzword of death!

  12. Indigo

    Enoch Powell – the UK has imported (as has Europe) and intractable problem.

  13. Trax

    “look at all aspects of inequality – in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life”

    Will they perchance also look at the inequality in ability and other factors we cannot change that might explain this?

  14. Kneel

    ” Really? Why didn’t someone think of burning, looting, destroying and murdering sooner, Mr President?”

    Heh – if you had bothered to actually check the original video of this statement, rather than using theirABC’s version (standard MSM version too, I admit), you’d find that it was an “All Lives Matter” schtick Trump made and that the “looking down” comment refers to equality before the law and justice for all, not riots, protests, CHAZ et al.

    If you really want to have a dig at useless BLM crap, look at Atlanta – guy is drunk, asleep in his car blocking a Wendy’s drive-through. They (Wendy’s staff) call the cops. Cops confront the guy, who then punches on with the cops, steals one cops taser and is shot after discharging the stolen taser at a police officer. After this, the DPP is talking about charging the cop with murder – unbelievable in a country where the actions as shown in the video, if performed by an ordinary citizen and not a cop, would likely not result in any charges, or if it did, self-defense would see them acquitted. Yet cop was fired and they want to charge him with murder or felony murder (with the felony being aggravated assault).
    It’s a sad state of affairs where a police officer is not allowed to respond to violence in kind, and is not given the same right of self defense as other citizens.

  15. Joanna Smythe

    I used to live in England. When we were leaving a friend asked me why we wanted to go. I said I was afraid to grow old there. This was many years ago and even then it was clear the country was terminal.

  16. jupes

    This just in from the front: Boris Johnson has surrendered to Sadiq Khan

    If Boris had stones, he would point out that the Prophet Mo was a slave owner, then suggest that every m*sque have a sign to warn people of his evilness.

  17. Bob

    George Floyd was more likely “looking down” pointing a loaded shotgun at some hapless pregnant woman’s stomach, demanding she hand over her cash. That was his M.O. after all.

  18. Old Lefty

    I’ve read a piece by a ‘historian’ trained in our : universities’ arguing that the French should leave Notre Dame to rot to atone for the sins of the West in Christian religious repression, capitalism, racism, imperialism, genocide, environmental destruction etc etc. Anyone who thinks otherwise is obviously an exocidal, genocidal imperialist fascist racist. And no, it was not a hoax. It puts the Socialist Left Green ABC Fairfax church arson campaign in Yarragrad into perspective.

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