Why Rhodes should not be taken down
If Oriel College caves in to the demands to take down the Rhodes statue, it will confirm that institutional cowardice plays a starring role in the madness of wokeness. It is being reported that Oriel will keep the statue in place, for the time being at least. Good. The statue should stay put - no, not because any of us wants to celebrate Cecil Rhodes or colonialism, but because we are grown-ups who recognise that British history is a long, strange, complicated affair and because we trust that all our citizens, whatever their race, have the capacity to understand that. Rhodes should stay as a monument to our refusal to bend the knee to the unreason and the prejudices of the new woke elites.