In Treasure Island, the good ship Hispaniola sails from Bristol. Watching a clip of that the motley crew of protesters de-plinthing Edward Colston and casting him into Davey Jones’s Locker with such gusto, I was reminded of Jim Hawkins and his shipmates.
Much as I disapprove of the re-writing of history and much as I dislike vandalism, I did feel a certain satisfaction at the sight of Bristol’s bloody-handed philantropist making such an enormous splash as he plunged into Bristol Harbour on Sunday.
A friend sent me a photo of the empty plinth. I do hope they leave it like that as a reminder.
Of course, the statue should have been removed a long time ago but the powers that be hummed and hawed. The relationship between Colston and the city was anything but simple.
Did the police turn a blind eye and let the protesters get on with removing this embarrassing reminder of Bristol’s past?
I sincerely hope that Colston is not airbrushed out of the history books. He belongs as an important exhibit in the City Museum along with an exhibit about the horrors of the slave trade. And the way that so many people were quite happy to turn a blind eye to the way in which he had acquired his wealth.
Do any of you have a favourite statue?
Alternatively, do you have a statue you would happily see the back of for historical or aesthetic reasons?
I don’t think Nelson has any skeletons in his closet. But in 2020, he is probably rather glad of that column.