Sadiq Khan slammed amid Guy’s Hospital statue row ‘You can’t change history!’

Guy's Hospital statue row discussed by Emma Webb

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Emma Webb from the Free Speech Union has entered the debate around Guy’s Hospital’s attempt to remove a statue of founder Thomas Guy. Ms Webb attacked the foundation of Guy’s and St Thomas’ for decision and echoes the Culture Secretary Olive Dowden’s remarks that the institution was “pandering to wokery.” She went on to point the figure of blame at London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Ms Webb told GB News: “Historical figures do good and bad.

“But there is no sense in trying to essentially punish historical figures retrospectively.

“Because they no longer align with the values that we hold currently.”

She added: “This is exactly what Sadiq Khan did with his statue review, saying that the public space essentially needs to be made to conform with our current value system.”

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“We have got to this point now where statues are seen as having an almost supernatural power of those who witness them.

“I think we need to see them for what they are,” added Ms Webb.

“Which is historical artifacts that should be left in situ.

“Because you can’t change history.”

Andrew Doyle criticises London hospital over statue row

It comes after GB News host Andrew Doyle has joined Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden in criticising Guy’s Hospital in London after the foundation threatened to remove a statue of Thomas Guy due to slavery links.

The Culture Secretary has slammed Guy’s hospital for “pandering to wokery” over the move.

 Mr Doyle told GB News: “They may not even get permission to remove the statue anyway because it is grade 2 listed.

“So their hands are tied to a decree.

“They are making these decisions however against what the public wants.”

He added: “The people themselves, the foundations, did in fact say to the public ‘what do you think?’

They got over 3,000 responses, 75 percent of which said keep the statue where it is, it is interesting that the Chief Executive of the foundation has said that we need a sort of duty of care to our ethnic minority patients.

“Which is a very patronising thing to say, because the idea that ethnic minority people don’t understand that this is a historic architect, that this is not a celebration of slavery… that is not why the statue is there,” continued the GB News host.”

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