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Woke left-wing warriors must not ‘bully’ UK into erasing its history – Culture Secretary

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Mr Dowden said these organisations’ “principal duty” is to act as “custodians” of our cultural heritage and not seek to erase certain aspects of it. The Conservative MP spoke as cancel culture seeks to erase the UK’s proud history in the name of “woke progressiveness”.

Among numerous notable incidents was the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol last year during a Black Lives Matter protest.

The images outraged many right-thinking people who – while conscious that Britain’s history is far from perfect – don’t believe erasing it will achieve anything.

Others argued that judging historical figures born hundreds of years ago by the standards of today is ridiculous.

Sadly this has done little to abate the relentless onslaught of many of the increasingly militant woke warriors.

In response, Mr Dowden told the Policy Exchange UK think tank’s History Matters Conference this week: “Don’t allow yourself to be pushed around by the zeitgeist of the day.

“Take a longer-term view of things, make sure you do things in a rigorous way and understand that your principal duty is to preserve and conserve our heritage.”

He added: “One of the things that prompted me to come into this debate in the first place was talking to some of the institutions who felt like they were being bullied, particularly by left-wing campaigns.”

His comments are likely to be viewed as a sign that the Government intends to continue its so-called “war on woke”.

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They came after the communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said in January that Britain should not try to edit or censor its past as he announced proposed changes to the law to better protect statues, monuments and other memorials.

Mr Jenrick said any decision to remove heritage assets in England will require planning permission and a consultation with local communities, adding he wanted to see a “considered approach”.

This came after the toppling of the Colston statue last year led to concerns that many historical statues could be removed overnight.

He wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: “Our view will be set out in law, that such monuments are almost always best explained and contextualised, not taken and hidden away.’

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Following the toppling of Coulston, Mr Jenrick said he had noticed an attempt to set a narrative which seeks to erase part of the nation’s history, adding this was “at the hand of the flash mob, or by the decree of a ‘cultural committee’ of town hall militants and woke worthies”.

Writing in the newspaper, he said: “We live in a country that believes in the rule of law, but when it comes to protecting our heritage, due process has been overridden. That can’t be right.

“Local people should have the chance to be consulted whether a monument should stand or not.”



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