Writer and statue-botherer
It’s time come for Britain to face up to its colonial past.
Campaigners in Oxford recently made headlines with their attempts to topple a statue of white-supremacist Cecil Rhodes. But he’s far from the only imperial figure with precarious morals perched on a pedestal. A brisk walk through central London turns up a killer on almost every street corner.
The short stretch from the Strand to Parliament Square contains more butchers than Smithfield Market. Together, they’re either directly responsible for or implicated in the deaths of as many as 30 million people.
Forget Clapton or Moss Side: Whitehall is the real “murder mile”.
From famines to fire-bombings, massacres to mass incarceration, I will unpick some of the lesser known, and deeply shameful, moments in the histories of those we choose to honour. Together we can decide what should be done with them.