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Right Wing Extremists Step up Campaign to Save Our Statues.

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“Woke is the Enemy of our History, Traditions and Values.”

Government to require planning permission for removal of statues as Robert Jenrick criticises ‘baying mobs’

The communities and local government secretary wants to grant himself the power to overrule Labour councils, many of whom have launched reviews to address the legacy of colonialism and slavery.

Under law changes to be published on Monday, he claimed every statue would be given greater protection from “baying mobs” and road names saved from a “revisionist purge” by Labour councils.

This group has emerged, with a role in supporting the government’s measures:

Save Our Statues

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Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and many Conservative MPs promised they’d save our history from mob rule. And Save Our Statues is here to help them do just that!

We are ramping up our efforts to get them policy solutions that will help our supportive politicians push back against the bullies, shrink the size of handouts to extremists, dismantle loony left legislation and defeat biased local council reviews designed to delete your history. Become a Save Our Statues member and force the change you want to see in Westminster.


Peter Whittle – Founder & Chairman

Peter Robin Whittle (born 6 January 1961) is a British politician, author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a London Assembly Member (AM) affiliated with the Brexit Alliance, having formerly been affiliated with the UK Independence Party (UKIP). He is the founder and director of the New Culture Forum think tank and host of So What You’re Saying Is…, a weekly cultural and political interview show on YouTube.


Richard Bingley – General Secretary (Former Ukip home affairs spokesman Richard Bingley and former Ukip home affairs spokesman). 

Media Partners:

We are a global community dedicated to resisting threats to our heritage.

Those who wish to destroy our monuments and rewrite our history are using online petitions to help give the impression of large-scale support they just don’t have.

We are a resource to log and promote counter-petitions aiming to defend them.


‘Global’, as in North American and Britain.


This Blog has mixed feelings about getting rid of statues, renaming streets, and dealing with the legacy of empire by symbolic actions. Monuments are history. They can raise issues, not honour people.

But those claiming to stand for tradition have no right to defend the values of  the past if they claim that these values are everybody’s. Empires, from the British to the Ottoman, are not something many would wish emulate today.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 21, 2021 at 11:25 am

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  1. An interesting pair here, running this new niche agency in the culture war troop deployment. Neither, to be fair, come from Gammon Central (although it is from there that support will come). As your post shows, Whittle – who has a background as a producer and researcher for arts outlets in the mainstream media – runs his own group grandly called the ‘New Culture Forum’ a think tank whose mission is described as “challenging the cultural orthodoxies dominant in the media, academia, education, and British culture in its widest sense.” He is, in many ways, the intellectual bridge between the rough side of the Brexiteer trade, like Farage and Matthew Eliott, and Tory luminaries like Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt . This comes through in the list of people he has co-opted for NCF events which has a list of oh-so-familiar names. Step forward ‘Mad Mel’ Phillips, Douglas Murray, Julie Bindel, the inevitable Brendan O’Neill and the even more inevitable Laurence Fox. Now, given his new found enthusiasm for monoliths of the past, it is time, I’m sure to remind Mr Whittle of the sheer transience of history, the shifting tides of opinion and social attitude and of the inevitable downfall of hubris. Perhaps we could start by quoting that dodgy leftie, Percy Shelley with whom, I’m sure, he is familiar.

    “I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away”

    david walsh

    January 21, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    • Thanks ace-reporting sleuth, those were the links I was looking for, but my gumshoes are not as well informed as yours,

      “Step forward ‘Mad Mel’ Phillips, Douglas Murray, Julie Bindel, the inevitable Brendan O’Neill and the even more inevitable Laurence Fox. “

      Andrew Coates

      January 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm

  2. The real enemy of our history, traditions and values is the global market economy, which these people support. Oh, and the Sun, whose videos they actually retweet.


    January 21, 2021 at 8:49 pm

  3. From Birmingham Live / Birmingham Mail:
    Minister slammed for ‘nonsense’ claim Birmingham has banned naming streets after historical figures
    Council leader Cllr Ian Ward and cabinet member Cllr John Cotton have called for Robert Jenrick MP to apologise

    A minister has been slammed for a “nonsense” claim that Birmingham City Council has banned the naming of streets after historical figures.
    Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that “our national story” is under threat from “town hall militants and woke worthies”.
    The article used the examples of Diversity Grove and Humanity Close – two of the winning suggestions for names of new Perry Barr streets announced in December following a competition.

    The contest’s criteria was that the proposed street names could not be named after people.
    But his claim that Birmingham City Council has an outright ban on new streets being named after historic figures sparked impassioned responses from city politicians.

    Council leader Cllr Ian Ward and Cllr John Cotton, cabinet member for social inclusion, community safety & equalities, have published an open letter to the MP.

    It states: “This is simply not true. There is no such policy in place or under consideration by Birmingham City Council.

    “Indeed, in the development to which your article refers, one of the streets is being named after the late Honorary Alderman Bert Carless – a figure of huge historical importance to the City of Birmingham, respected across our communities and indeed, across the party-political divide.”

    Bert Carless made history as the city’s first black councillor in 1979, and was awarded an OBE in the Birthday Honours for his services to Handsworth before his death in 2003.

    The councillors ask Mr Jenrick to issue a public retraction as well as an apology, and to make a financial donation to the Trussell Trust charity which provides emergency food and support to people in crisis.
    Councillor John O’Shea, cabinet member for street scene and parks, tweeted: “He’s also criticising other names devised by a local resident for new roads around the Commonwealth Games development. Nobody will have to change their address as a result.”

    In response, Cllr Ward tweeted the open letter and said: “Of course there’s no ban. This is nonsense, so Cllr Cotton and I have written to the Secretary of State seeking a retraction and an apology.”

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service has approached the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local
    Government for a response on behalf of Mr Jenrick.

    Jim Denham

    January 21, 2021 at 10:18 pm

  4. But when it comes to such re-naming proposals, the Tories have form too. Teesside mini-me Metro Mayor Ben Houchon, never a man to knowingly ignore a press camera, made a proposal to re-name “Council of Europe Boulevard” in Stockton after a local VC holder. But he made a tit of himself. Trouble was (a) the VC holder lived in another part of Teesside altogether and already had streets and parks named after him, (b) he forgot that there was a VC holder born and bred in Stockton and who lived near the road who has not yet had anything named after him, (c) that the name wasn’t born of any Euro-fanaticism on the part of Stockton’s Labour Council, but was chosen by the now long defunct Teesside Urban Development Corporation – a Thatcher creation, (d) and that we may exited the EU but stay solidly a member if the Council of Europe – and that this said Council was a product of Winston Churchill’s dream of post WW2 European amity……https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18938732.call-rename-road-middlesbrough-d-day-hero-stan-hollis/

    david walsh

    January 21, 2021 at 11:35 pm

  5. As a libertarian activist the sight of Red Terror Jacobin Communists attacking statues that have stood for decades or centuries is as welcome as the sight of mindless Ku-klux rednecks with green teeth seeking an Army of God militia to bully girls, shoot doctors and deface birth control clinics. Both displays of aggressive insanity give voters an incentive to cast a highly leveraged, law-changing Libertarian spoiler vote and throw the entire communo-fascist left/right binarist Kleptocracy into factional dogfights every time our spoiler votes exceed the difference between their puppet candidates. By all means, make my day! Keep up the show of force-initiating altruist collectivism at least until the Libertarians have 20% of the seats in the Parliament, Congress and/or Senate. After that it’s all over with but the wailing and backstabbing recriminations.


    January 21, 2021 at 11:47 pm

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