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Halifax, NS - Churchill

 

Inevitably, today there is controversy over the statue.  It seems that we are now required to judge people not by the good they did, but by the words they uttered or the deeds they committed in days long gone.  While all the time the modern day employers of "wage slaves" profit from their workers' poverty.  We seem to have got our priorities wrong.

Halifax, NS - Churchill

 

Inevitably, today there is controversy over the statue.  It seems that we are now required to judge people not by the good they did, but by the words they uttered or the deeds they committed in days long gone.  While all the time the modern day employers of "wage slaves" profit from their workers' poverty.  We seem to have got our priorities wrong.

comments (14)

Quite a statue!
Well... there is a middle road, which I happen to agree with - not everything is black and white - there's a lot of gray. As Jake Tapper said in a discussion over the confederate monuments.... Washington and Jefferson were slave owners... but we celebrate them for DESPITE the hideous parts of their story, not BECAUSE of them.
Tom Wilson: Exactly, Elizabeth.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jul 2020, 00:31
It is a fine likeness, Tom, but I prefer to see it as an Art Work rather than an effigy.
Tom Wilson: I agree, Ray.
I agree with Elizabeth on this, and whilst Churchills life taken as a whole was not without controversy he was the right man for the job he did in ww11 and that is what his statues are celebrating.
Tom Wilson: A very different kettle of fish from some of the slave-traders whose only achievement was to make money!
La statue se marie bien avec le tronc de l'arbre.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jul 2020, 05:09
I can understand condemning slave traders of old. But Churchill??

Had it not been for him I wouldn't be walking to Waitrose this morning, I'd be goose stepping!
Tom Wilson: Well, there were also a few fellows on the battlefield who helped smile
I totally agree with Elizabeth that not everything is black and/or white, Tom. Surely there is "sense and sensibility" to these "issues" that we all can agree upon?!
Tom Wilson: I think there are more important issues - like why does the UK, the sixth richest economy in the world, have five million children living in poverty?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jul 2020, 05:54
Don't get me started here, Tom. A lot of people just want to riot and disturb and are in for the fight, not even knowing where the fight is about. I agree with Elizabeth and Chris. There always are two sides of the medal. And why not put a line in the sand and from now on we treat people equal and we do better for we all know better. (and with stupidity you cannot argue)
Tom Wilson: Let's fight about modern injustices instead!
Judging the past by the standards of the present is a dangerous thing to do. Unless we look at things in the context of their time we are on a course to condemn pretty well everybody in history.
Tom Wilson: That's true, Bill.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 15 Jul 2020, 07:05
Churchill did, apparently, mess up the British economy, in his earlier days, when he was Chancellor.
Tom Wilson: He was also responsible for the chaos at Gallipoli!
Instantly recognisable, 'Let him without sin cast the first stone'.
- We would be stone free I think.
Tom Wilson: Fine statue - by Croatian born sculptor, Oscar Nemon.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere+in+deep+space
  • 15 Jul 2020, 08:14
I can understand the controversy.
Tom Wilson: I think there are more contemporary evils to campaign against, Chad.
Somebody, somewhere, is putting the 'negative' thoughts about people such as Churchill into the minds of our young people at the time they are very impressive. Sadly they don't seem to be able to, or want to look at the wider picture, whatever his faults may have been, and there were plenty, we wouldn't be sharing our time together on SC if he hadn't led us the way he did in WWII.
That's a great statue, Tom! smile
Halifax removed a statue of Edward Cornwallis last year.

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