Monumental Errors

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Now that we know the entire fabric of statutory protection for listed buildings and scheduled monuments can be suspended at the local police commander’s whim, it has been a grimly fascinating exercise in social psychology to see how rapidly the iconoclastic impulse spread from slaver to abolitionist. I toyed with the idea of a spoof campaign to remove all effigies of non-vegans, but wasn’t confident I could rely on everyone to take it unseriously.

If the concern is that certain kinds of commemoration are implicitly laudatory, perhaps it would be simpler to alter that. When new urban areas are built to accommodate population growth, it could be made ordinary to live on Crippen Close and meet by the Myra Hindley Memorial.

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