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Life in Soviet Britain: Sir Keith Park statue would have an "adverse impact"...

The wrong type of statue....More than 2,500 people have written to Westminster Council demanding that the statue, by sculptor Les Johnson, be put up ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain next year.

However, council officials say the bronze effigy of the New Zealand-born airman would clash with the changing series of contemporary sculptures on the fourth plinth.

A planning report says that it would have an "adverse impact" on its surroundings because it is too representational and traditional.

It states: "The principle of creating a permanent memorial to Sir Keith Park is considered acceptable. His role in the defence of London, during the Battle of Britain, marks him out as a historic figure whose memory is worthy of commemoration."

But it adds: "The fourth plinth is regarded as a site ideally suited for the display of provocative contemporary art. It is considered, without in any way decrying the memory of Sir Keith or the concept of the proposed statue, that this proposal would not complement the current programme."

Councillors will decide on Thursday whether to accept the recommendation.

A long campaign to bring the statue to Trafalgar Square has been backed by the novelist Frederick Forsyth, General Sir Michael Rose, Air Chief Marshal Sir John Day and MPs including Nicholas Soames and Tony Benn.

The local authority is expected to allow another version of the piece to be installed permanently at Waterloo Gardens, in St James's.

Sir Keith fought in the First World War at Gallipoli and the Somme. In 1940 he was made Air Vice Marshal, in charge of No 11 Group RAF, responsible for the fighter defence of London and the south east of England.

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Cato said...

Who shall we go for then, Nelson Mandela, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro, Beria, Lenin?

Twats the lot of them.

Tory Poppins said...

Or perhaps Gordoom McSnotface . . . Robert Mugabe, Hitler?

Old Bag said...

gordoom, mugabe, hitler..spot the diffrence.

Fidothedog said...

This will finish the government, they are fucked.

Basil Brown said...

I'm so glad ze committee consider the idea of a commemorative statue of a national hero "acceptable", even if they do wish to find another excuse not to have it.

Funnily enough, they're quite okay with Nelson Mandela having a traditional-representation in Parliament Square. Odd, that. And I wonder why they get so cross with anyone who displays the bare-faced racism to suggest he might be more fittingly commemorated in his own country.