According to the BBC, the statue of Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement is to be removed from Poole Quay, Dorset, ‘for its own protection’, allegedly.
A statue of the man who founded the Scouts movement is to be removed from Poole Quay amid fears it is on a “target list for attack”.
The 12-year-old statue of Robert Baden-Powell is being removed on police advice to protect it, says Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council.
The authority said it recognised some aspects of his life were considered “less worthy of commemoration”.
Local Conservative MPs said they were opposed to the removal of the statue.
Baden-Powell, who died aged 83 in 1941, has been criticised by campaigners who have accused him of racism, homophobia and support for Adolf Hitler.
Former Bournemouth East Labour parliamentary candidate Corrie Drew said: “We can commemorate the positive work without commemorating the man.”
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, she added: “A quick look into his history shows that he was very open about his views against homosexuality and that he was a very open supporter of Hitler and of fascism and quite a strong, outspoken racist.”
‘Error of judgment’
Meanwhile, an online petition to “defend Poole’s Lord Baden-Powell statue” has received more than 10,000 signatures.
Sir Robert Syms, Conservative MP for Poole, tweeted that he was “opposed” to the permanent removal of the statue.
Writing on Twitter, Tobias Ellwood, Tory MP for Bournemouth East, said: “Few historical figures comply with 21st C values. Simply expunging past connections from sight won’t correct wrongs or help us better learn from our past.”
The Tory MP for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns, also tweeted that the removal was “a huge error of judgment” and urged authorities to “put it back”.
The life-sized statue was installed in 2008 and faces Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, where the Scouts began.
BCP Council leader Vikki Slade said it was being removed and put into safe storage.
“We have had police advice that this statue is on a target list for attack and, due to its proximity to the water and its delicate and historic nature, I was asked to approve its temporary removal,” she said.
The council said it acknowledged the differing views of Baden-Powell and planned to involve all relevant communities and groups in discussions about its future.
Deputy leader Mark Howell said the monument might not be removed on Thursday “because the workers can’t work with so many people around the statue”.
Dorset Police confirmed the statue had been identified as a “potential target”.
“We appreciate the local council has a difficult decision taking into account the various opposing views held by members of the public,” the force said.
A spokesman for the Scout Association said it was “resolute in its commitment to inclusion and diversity and members continually reflect and challenge ourselves in how we live our values”.
“We look forward to discussing this matter with the council to make an informed decision on what happens next,” he said.
A group of local residents gathered at the quayside to show support for the statue.
Sharon Warne, 53, said controversial statues should have information panels installed explaining the positive and negative points about the figures they depict.
“He had a bad past but he was the founder of the Scouts which today is a great organisation and it’s ridiculous to get rid of him,” she added.
Rover Scout Matthew Trott, 28, who travelled from Cwmbran in Wales, said the proposal to remove the statue was “necessary to protect it”.
“I’d rather see the statue placed in a box in a warehouse for the moment rather than at the bottom of the harbour,” he said.
On Sunday, protesters at an anti-racism demonstration in Bristol tore down a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it in the city’s harbour.
A statue of slaveholder Robert Milligan has also been removed from outside the Museum of London Docklands, while in Oxford thousands of people called for the removal of a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes.
By erasing a nations history, by forcibly removing memorials and statues, by destroying art, controlling the media narrative, and destroying literature, is how Pol Pot (Year Zero), the Bolshevik’s (Communists), Idi Amin, ISIS, and many other abhorrent and ultimately genocidal regimes started.
That was how it started, but how it ends, however, is with the slaughter of millions, upon millions of people in its wake; people who did not submit, did not ‘take a knee’, or otherwise comply with the mob, or ‘fit the narrative’ among that number.
By erasing a country’s history, however dark and unpalatable it may have been at times, you cannot ever hope to learn from it, and the cycle of bigotry, ignorance and hate will repeat ad infinitum.
What you are currently seeing, and the above article illustrates, is Marxist, Communist, propaganda-fuelled mob rule, whose ideological foundations are based on lies, hatred, and wicked deceit. Its only desire is to bring about the total collapse of western civilisation, and to install anarchy and chaos in its place, to destroy the standards and morals that you value and live peacefully by, and to control what you believe, everything you read, everything you wear, what music you listen to, who you must love, who you must hate, and even how you should think and ultimately behave.
And for the record, #Blacklivesmatters will be among the first to be thrown to the wolves when it fails, as it undoubtably will, as the alternative is too horrific to imagine.
BLM are being used and are ultimately expendable to those who are controlling the narrative, but thankfully, many, many people are now waking up to that fact, (a large number of whom are also people of colour) and know that BLM and their supporters will be the scapegoats when the shooting starts.
That is why we should not only learn about our history, we should also embrace its good points as well as its darker aspects, and also teach our children about it, in the correct way, with honesty and without fear or favour, if we are ever going to prevent subsequent generations making the same mistakes, time and time again.