They can’t get down to All Saints on Corn Street quick enough on a wet and windy October morning to worship the remnants of the great man’s toenails.
But it seems Bristol’s Edward Colston loving Tories aren’t quite so keen to get down to the Commonwealth Museum this Friday and explain to the city’s black community what they think is so great about this slave trading, profiteering scumbag.
For it seems that a proposed debate supposed to be taking place at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum on Friday to consider whether Edward Colston should be considered a hero for his philanthropy or a villain because of his involvement in the slave trade may have to be cancelled because nobody is prepared to publically defend Colston’s reputation in front of a largely black audience.
Certainly Bristol Tory boss Bunter Eddy doesn’t want to do it despite being happy to blather down the telephone to the Evening Cancer from the safety of mummy’s Headley Park semi that: “Colston was a great Bristolian who made an immense and continuing contribution to our city and we should not “airbrush” him out of history.”
Neither does big Colston fan Business West boss John Savage want to do it. The deluded Tory loon – who greets visitors to Business West’s HQ at Leigh Court Mansion by booming “welcome to my home”at them – and influential Merchant Venturer with well-known ambitions to be the city’s first elected mayor has also been invited to speak but bravely hasn’t bothered responding at all.
Presumably ignorant toff Dennis Burn, the Master of The Society of Merchant Venturers, who appeared in a televised debate on Bristol’s role in the slave trade back in March is barred from any further public appearances after making a prize ass of himself by telling black people in the audience they were welcome to come begging to his multi-million pound organisation for cash for youth projects if they wanted.
That just leaves Nick Hood. He’s at a loose end these days isn’t he? Perhaps he could do it? He could also tell us what he’s done with all that cash he made through his lucrative directorships of Enron subsidaries couldn’t he?
(Cartoon by Evelyn Post. Evelyn Post is The Bristol Blogger’s resident cartoonist. He has a woman’s name)