With the news that the ‘Bristol four’ have been declared not guilty (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-59727161), what do you think of a) the verdict, b) the precedent it sets, and c) where it leaves us morally?
Personally, I dislike statues; I find them somewhere between pompous and vainglorious, and the loss of this statue doesn’t bother me at all. However, should all Colston’s other contributions to Bristol now be sold, with the money going to charities that campaign against modern slavery?
Oxford university were debating whether to remove the Rhodes statue. Again, I don’t mind, but is it now incumbent on every recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship to pay the money back? Oxford were happy to take a donation from Max Mosley’s will.
These issues are nuanced, and I don’t claim to have any wise answers. I always welcome the variety of opinions on this site, so…what do you think?