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The Socialist 7 July 2021

Fight is on to Save our NHS

The Socialist issue 1141

Batley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour


The struggle for world socialism


Fight is on to save our NHS

NHS workers' protests


Fund the measures needed to stop the Covid spread in schools

Manchester death rate caused by deprivation

Bristol: Police to blame for protest violence


Royal London Hospital strike win

Morrisons private equity takeover proposals - Usdaw needs to move to a war footing

Safety campaign in DWP: What has happened to our ballot?

Striking Brush workers continue to protest 'fire and rehire'

Striking Ealing parking attendants rally outside council

Derby academies closed by strikes against brutal cuts and changes

Oaks Park strikers rally


Terry Fields MP, Prisoner DV 3695 - The jailing of 'poll tax' rebel and Militant


COP26: Socialist change to end the climate crisis

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload


Rising against a rigged and rotten system

Why did I choose the Socialist Party?

Housing: Join the service charge 'strike'

Stop environmental destruction in Barnsley

"It's great to be back": Come to a Socialist Party in-person meeting

We need funds to fight Tory NHS attacks

Road closures: Hackney residents have not been consulted


The story of Joe Clough - Britain's first black bus driver

Exhibition: What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?

TV - Statue wars: one summer in Bristol

 
 
 
 
 

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Exhibition: What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?

No longer standing tall

The toppled statue of slaver Edward Colston, now in exhibition

The toppled statue of slaver Edward Colston, now in exhibition   (Click to enlarge)

Dan Smart, Bristol North Socialist Party

A current exhibition asks: "What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?" A year after the battered and graffiti-covered statue was hoisted out of the River Avon, it now lies supine - and still toppled - in a harbourside museum.

The exhibition tells us of the major role Colston played in enslaving 84,000 African people, including 12,000 children. 19,000 of them died on their journey across the Atlantic. Colston was a high official in the Royal African Company, which had the monopoly on transatlantic traffic of enslaved Africans.

In later life Colston campaigned, as a Bristol MP, to keep the slave trade legal. So much for his philanthropic endeavours! In fact, as is acknowledged in the exhibition, he was "reinvented as a patriarchal role model and an emblem of charity", by the elite of the city, "in response to increasing class divisions."

The battles around the fate of the Colston statue went on for decades prior to its downfall. It was eventually agreed that the plaque on the statue should be changed to more accurately reflect his role. But, after debates in 2018-2019, it could not be agreed what should be written, and no changes were made.

At the end of the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to put forward their views on what the future should be for Colston. What is certain is that he will no longer stand tall, overlooking the centre of Bristol. After years and years of handwringing, thousands of protesters put an end to that in a matter of minutes.

  • The 'What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?' exhibition in Mshed in Bristol until 5 September

In this issue


What we think

Batley & Spen byelection: Another condemnation of Starmer's New Labour


The Struggle for World Socialism

The struggle for world socialism


NHS

Fight is on to save our NHS

NHS workers' protests


News

Fund the measures needed to stop the Covid spread in schools

Manchester death rate caused by deprivation

Bristol: Police to blame for protest violence


Workplace news

Royal London Hospital strike win

Morrisons private equity takeover proposals - Usdaw needs to move to a war footing

Safety campaign in DWP: What has happened to our ballot?

Striking Brush workers continue to protest 'fire and rehire'

Striking Ealing parking attendants rally outside council

Derby academies closed by strikes against brutal cuts and changes

Oaks Park strikers rally


Socialist history

Terry Fields MP, Prisoner DV 3695 - The jailing of 'poll tax' rebel and Militant


International news

COP26: Socialist change to end the climate crisis

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload


Campaigns news

Rising against a rigged and rotten system

Why did I choose the Socialist Party?

Housing: Join the service charge 'strike'

Stop environmental destruction in Barnsley

"It's great to be back": Come to a Socialist Party in-person meeting

We need funds to fight Tory NHS attacks

Road closures: Hackney residents have not been consulted


Reviews

The story of Joe Clough - Britain's first black bus driver

Exhibition: What next for the statue of slave trader, Edward Colston?

TV - Statue wars: one summer in Bristol


 

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