Oriel College Oxford is considering bowing to pressure from protestors to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes from the present site. Indeed so offensive is the statue that the BBC didn't have a picture of it... so I had to Google it, GCHQ are onto me now... The Beeb's article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35123199 An Oxford college is considering removing a statue of the 19th Century politician, Cecil Rhodes, in response to a student anti-racism campaign. Protesters have argued that the views of the colonial politician are incompatible with an "inclusive culture" at the university. Oriel College says it will consult on the statue's future - and has decided to remove a plaque to Rhodes. The college says it does not "condone his racist views or actions". Global campaign The campaign to remove the Oxford statue follows a university protest in South Africa. A statue of Cecil Rhodes was attacked and then ultimately taken down at the University of Cape Town, after being identified by protesters as a symbol of a colonial, pre-apartheid era. Rhodes had been a strong advocate of colonial power in Africa. So are we whitewashing history? Does the statue just need some context [educational material for people whose smartphone has stopped working]? Or damn them all, keep the fellow where he is? Personally... I say keep it. I don't condone his actions or beliefs but if we go through History erasing every thing that jars with our modern sensibilities then... there is no point to History.