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FOR THE RECORD!
Following a composite "quote" in the EDP taken from extensive chit-chat with their reporter, this is what the rector (who, btw, said Nelson's church was in Burnham Thorpe!) actually sent to the EDP reporter in response to the recent debate about taking down Nelson's column:
Putting as simple an argument as possible, I would say that the statue has never been seen as representing anything other than the key naval event of the 19th century. Afua Hirsch seems to miss the point that it simply does not have any connotations of pro-slavery; neither does she seem to give the general public of this country any credit for knowing how despicable a thing slavery was - and still is.
I have never heard anyone mention Nelson in connection with this until now, which isn't to say that Hirsch's research is unfounded, just that she is mistaken in thinking that pulling down Nelson's column would make a difference to issues of slavery and bigotry. Nonetheless, her provocative piece has indeed got British history into the limelight, although my own observations after a lifetime of military service, is that learning from history is what individuals do, but not governments brought forth from those individual people, for some strange reason!
Rector since December 2009
Came to Norfolk from Royal Naval Chaplaincy, prior to which he was a vicar in Devon.
The Reader (Lay Minister)
Moved to Norfolk to fulfil an ambition to run a bookshop after a career as a solicitor. Now does so much more!
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