“You cant airbrush history. Everyone should have their say…” There is a monument in the Sa Faxina Park in Palma to the crew of the Spanish navy cruiser, Baleares, which was sunk by Republican forces during the Spanish Civil war. Part of the money for the monument was raised by people in the nearby district of Santa Catalina. It is probably one of the biggest Franco-era monuments in Palma.

There has been a long debate over whether it should be demolished because it obviously has links to the years of dictatorship. But the issue has been quietly forgotten because everyone has come to the conclusion, however difficult, that you can’t airbrush history. A similar debate is now happening in Britain. Statues and plaques are all in the spotlight. It does seems amazing that some controversial figures from history had statues erected in the first place but that it is the case. Some do need to be removed and airbrushed from history. Others don’t. But what is needed is a good open debate taking into account the opinions of all.

What can’t happen is that statues are just pulled down in protests and demonstrations. This is not democracy. This is mob rule at its worst. Winston Churchill has been called a racist and even his statue has been in the spotlight. The great wartime leader would not have approved of the mob rule in Britain. His courage directly led to the free speech we now enjoy. But as he would have said, it is free speech for all. Spain and Britain have a long history which can’t simply be airbrushed away, everyone should have their say. That is democracy and something we should cherish.

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Phil / Hace 19 days

To hear black people on tv calling Churchill a racist makes my blood boil. Do they not think what Hitler would have done their families? The Austrian wasn't too big on the black race. Total ignorance.

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George / Hace 20 days

More like Hysteric Times

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Danny Brown / Hace 20 days

You had better be careful for what you wish for. Statues of George Washington are being pulled down in the USA. Obviously some people consider him to be controversial.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 21 days

Well written Jason, you cannot just erase history, so it appears it never happened and then say "wir haben es nicht gewusst". How far do we need to go? Flatten all the pyramids in Egypt too, as they have been built by slave? And refill the Corinth Canal? Learn from history and be educated about it. It is called civilization. This civilization and freedom and what you describe about Winston Churchill, are the foremost reason most people of the world want to live here; in freedom and being able to say what you want, without your hands being hacked off or being thrown in prison. Without the same Winston Churchill, we would most likely all be speaking German here in Europe.

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Brett Dennis / Hace 21 days

Too much consideration has been given to a small minority of aggressive protesters. They say democracy is just a form of mob rule, but here the mob is very small.

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George / Hace 22 days

Mr Moore, who decides which statues should be removed and “air-brushed” from history ? And how far back ? 100 years ? 500 years ? 2.000 years ? To the dawn of time ? Personally I think that the statues of all Roman emperors should be demolished as they trampled on the human rights of most Europeans. And as I am not a Catholic, those of Popes should be as well. Maybe you should watch the video of the Taliban demolishing the huge statue of Budha to see how it is done.

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