Ronald Reagan to be honoured with a London statue

#1
Westminster City Council granted planning permission for the sculpture to be erected outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square.

To allow the statue to go ahead, the council has changed its usual policy of allowing memorials only to people who have been dead for 10 or more years.

Steve Summers, chairman of Westminster City Council's planning applications sub committee, said: "Regardless of politics, nobody can dispute that President Reagan was a true ally of this country.

"During his presidency the term 'special relationship' reflected not just the close working partnership of our respective governments, but helped reinforce Britain's unquestionable cultural and historic ties with the United States.

"Subsequent presidencies have continued that unique bond between our countries so it is only right and proper we exempt President Reagan, as a former head of state, from the usual rules on statues."

Margaret Thatcher saying he had "a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty and he did it without a shot being fired".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...agan-to-be-honoured-with-a-London-statue.html

Damn fine! :salut:
 
#2
A nice gesture and I totally agree with the idea of recognizing his contribution to ending the Cold War. I voted for him in 1980 and 1984 and would have voted for him in 1988 if we hadn't put a stop to politicians running for the presidency more than 2 times. :1: :salut: :salut:
 
#5
Quite right too, he deserves a statue. I thought he was a good president (he even tried to start WWIII (this time it's even more personal! :p ) or was that a slip of the tongue? :D

But he was strong and didn't take any crap from anyone (except perhaps Maggie Thatcher! :twisted: )

I wonder if he'll be dressed as a cowboy. :wink:
 
#6
I hope yon statue looks like Jimmy Carter, instead of that fückin' waster Reagen.

MsG
 
#8
Jimmy Carter :roll: , now there was a Useless scumbag. Still kind of surprised that a statue of any U.S. President would be erected in the UK.

Other than Winston Churchill, I cant think of any statues of post revolutionary war British leaders in the USA.
 
#11
"Nancy and I have forgotten where we've put my head"
 
#12
My views on the issue will largely depend on where it's located. Outside a bunch of pubs where it can get pissed and puked on by drunks and Harry Ramps would do nicely.

Hopefully it will be of just the right size that a traffic cone or other appropriate headgear can be placed on it.
 
#14
Have we run out of worthy people from our own country? Couldn't we have Clement Attlee, David Lloyd George, Harold Wilson, Harold Macmillan - or even one of the crap Prime Ministers, as long as they were ours? Is it really our business to put up statues of South Africans and Americans, especially Americans like Reagan who are still enormously controversal in their own country?
 
#15
overpromoted said:
Have we run out of worthy people from our own country? Couldn't we have Clement Attlee, David Lloyd George, Harold Wilson, Harold Macmillan - or even one of the crap Prime Ministers, as long as they were ours? Is it really our business to put up statues of South Africans and Americans, especially Americans like Reagan who are still enormously controversal in their own country?
You think they were good do you? :evil:

Good on Westminster - as stated previously we have a South African so why not an American?
 
#16
It's politique to honour Ronald; we've needed US patronage for 60 years so peppering the capital with our chums' glitterate makes sense.

If we had Ronald McDonald next to him we could call it: The Two Ronnies! Another leading figure in British life.

Badoom tish!
 
#17
Whatever you think of his politics, and I think history will remember him well in the end, he was a really nice guy. Read anything about him by people who knew him and you will learn that.
 

Alsacien

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#18
June 12, 1987, Reagan speaking at the Brandenburg gate, Berlin:

“ General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

I recall the relationship he built with Gorby as his biggest achievement, photos at the ranch complete with cowboy hats that would have been unthinkable a few years earlier.
 
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rickshaw-major said:
overpromoted said:
Have we run out of worthy people from our own country? Couldn't we have Clement Attlee, David Lloyd George, Harold Wilson, Harold Macmillan - or even one of the crap Prime Ministers, as long as they were ours? Is it really our business to put up statues of South Africans and Americans, especially Americans like Reagan who are still enormously controversal in their own country?
You think they were good do you? :evil:

Good on Westminster - as stated previously we have a South African so why not an American?
Hey, we've had a lot worse.
 
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overpromoted said:
rickshaw-major said:
overpromoted said:
Have we run out of worthy people from our own country? Couldn't we have Clement Attlee, David Lloyd George, Harold Wilson, Harold Macmillan - or even one of the crap Prime Ministers, as long as they were ours? Is it really our business to put up statues of South Africans and Americans, especially Americans like Reagan who are still enormously controversal in their own country?
You think they were good do you? :evil:

Good on Westminster - as stated previously we have a South African so why not an American?
Hey, we've had a lot worse.
And a lot more deserving cases.
 
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