Oh Look.... Another Guilt Monument

It has nothing to do with guilt. He was a citizen of the empire and remains one of the most iconic figures of the modern era.

Erecting a statue to Ghandi is not an act of contrition, it's a demonstration of pride.

Edit:- We'll eventually reach the point at which the Empire falls from living memory. best having all the best bits set in stone. (Bronze or whatever)
 
Not my guilt pal.
 
It has nothing to do with guilt. He was a citizen of the empire and remains one of the most iconic figures of the modern era.

Erecting a statue to Ghandi is not an act of contrition, it's a demonstration of pride.
And a timely reminder that sleeping with underage girls is ok for politicians.
 
And a timely reminder that sleeping with underage girls is ok for politicians.
If they're going to die by the time they're thirty, they're in middle age as soon as they hit their teens.

Extrapolate.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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Headline:

The Foreign Secretary and Chancellor announce feelgood statue to celebrate iconic leader of country they just happen to be visiting to drum up trade and to highlight sentimental gesture 10 months before the next General Election
 
Headline:

The Foreign Secretary and Chancellor announce feelgood statue to celebrate iconic leader of country they just happen to be visiting to drum up trade and to highlight sentimental gesture 10 months before the next General Election
That's fair.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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I didn't know he was a gayer, that wasn't mentioned on the film.


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He probably thought it was the only way he could challenge Nehru for Mountbatten's attention... allegedly.
Headline:

The Foreign Secretary and Chancellor announce feelgood statue to celebrate iconic leader of country they just happen to be visiting to drum up trade and to highlight sentimental gesture 10 months before the next General Election
That's terribly cynical but, if you're right, couldn't we have had something like this; still Indian, more interesting to look at and a metaphor for how those working around Parliament Square generally treat this country.

 
Is £280m foreign aid not enough?
It's a big market and likely to be a heck of a lot bigger in the next few decades.
Got to chuck in the odd sweetener.

We're commemorating the centenary of the First World War currently, so in a couple of decades we'll mark the same for the Second. Following that we've our withdrawal from Empire and it's part in shaping the modern world to look back on.

Best get the groundwork laid in advance.
 
He probably thought it was the only way he could challenge Nehru for Mountbatten's attention... allegedly.


That's terribly cynical but, if you're right, couldn't we have had something like this; still Indian, more interesting to look at and a metaphor for how those working around Parliament Square generally treat this country.

It was Mrs Mountbatten who was getting most of Nehru's attention.
 
Is £280m foreign aid not enough?
That Nuke program, Carrier program and space program don't pay for themselves you know, half of India may still be living and shitting in the streets and eating half a bowl of lentils once a month but by God India will go to space, power the street lights with nukes and sail the 7 seas with a carrier group !
 
Possibly, for balance and irony, a statue of Gordon Bennett should also be erected there.
 

seaweed

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RIP
Ghandi was a major obstacle to the orderly granting of independence and his antics have considerable resonance in the subsequent slaughter. This relates to his part in provoking a situation where the maintenance of law and order was slipping away from our grasp so fast Mountbatten had to cut and run quicker than planned (MB was sent by Attlee to get us shot of India, but on a slightly more orderly timescale). [Yes I do realise the roots of Jinnah's intransigence and the part he played] And as a South African born London trained lawyer Ghandi was a carpet bagger anyway.

Personally I prefer statues to those who beat the sh!t out of our enemies.
 

Cold_Collation

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It's a big market and likely to be a heck of a lot bigger in the next few decades.
Got to chuck in the odd sweetener.

We're commemorating the centenary of the First World War currently, so in a couple of decades we'll mark the same for the Second. Following that we've our withdrawal from Empire and it's part in shaping the modern world to look back on.

Best get the groundwork laid in advance.
Christ, extrapolate you say?

If we keep going down that path we'll end up with a statue of Blair The Great Reformer.

Although bronze would be good, given the patina he sports these days.
 

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