There’s a hazard of “airbrushing” Britain’s historical past by re-examining facets of our tradition and historical past, a minister has warned.
Talking to Kay Burley@Breakfast, Edward Argar mentioned it was proper to “debate our historical past and debate it brazenly”.
However he cautioned that forgetting the previous “together with the dangerous bits” would imply we “undergo the results and also you overlook”.
The well being minister was talking after one of the vital well-known episodes of 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers was faraway from a streaming service.
The “do not point out the battle” episode has been quickly taken down from UKTV as a result of it has “racial slurs”.
It’s the newest programme to be criticised for its depiction of race, following the likes of Little Britain, The Mighty Boosh and Bo Selecta.
The killing of George Floyd in police custody within the US has sparked protests world wide, together with within the UK.
Black Lives Matter demonstrators have taken to the streets to focus on points confronted by black folks within the UK and name for motion to deal with racial injustice.
This has additionally prompted renewed scrutiny on components of British tradition, together with statues in public areas of controversial figures.
Based on Sky Information analysis, eight out of 10 councils are contemplating the way forward for contentious statues of their space in response to current protests.
Requested in regards to the Fawlty Towers resolution, Mr Argar mentioned: “I hadn’t seen that exact report about that episode, however I’ve seen extra broadly what’s been occurring.
“I feel we have to be very cautious.
“It is completely proper we debate our historical past and debate it brazenly, warts and all because it had been, the issues that as a rustic we will be happy with and the issues as a rustic we should not be happy with.
“We have got to be very cautious about airbrushing that historical past.
“As a result of as has been mentioned by various folks, for those who as a rustic overlook your previous, overlook your historical past and are not keen to look at it, together with the dangerous bits, you undergo the results and also you overlook.”
Staff have boarded up a statue of Sir Winston Churchill and the Cenotaph in central London forward of a weekend of doable protests.
Although the vast majority of protests in help of the Black Lives Matter motion have been peaceable, statues across the nation have been focused.
Sir Winston’s statue was boarded up in a single day for its personal safety after protesters pushed a monument of slave dealer Edward Colston into Bristol Harbour on Sunday.
On Thursday night, a tower block signal bearing the slave dealer’s identify within the metropolis was additionally eliminated.
A statue of slave proprietor Robert Milligan has additionally been faraway from outdoors the Museum of London.
Man’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London have mentioned they are going to take away two statues linked to slavery in response to anti-racism protests throughout the UK.
The NHS basis belief which runs the hospitals mentioned monuments of Thomas Man and Sir Robert Clayton will probably be moved out of public view.
Thomas Man, who based Man’s hospital within the 18th century, had shares within the South Sea Firm which was concerned within the slave commerce.
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Sir Robert Clayton, who was president of St Thomas’ hospital within the 17th century, was a banker related to the Royal African Firm which shipped slaves throughout the Atlantic.
A statue of the Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell in Poole has been given 24-hour safety after plans for its short-term removing had been delayed.
Baden-Powell, a British Military officer who began Scouting in 1907, has been accused by critics of racism and of being a Nazi sympathiser.