STATUES are a bad representation of history.

They just say 'here is someone we admire and look up to'.

Erected by people who admired them for whatever reason but, by their very nature, are divisive.

They aren't our heroes, so stop forcing them on us. They belong in a museum.

If a statue must be erected, it should be put up after consultation with the local population.

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Yesterday's heroes aren't today's heroes. Ethics and sensitivities change over time and something that stands among us in a town square for instance, should reflect those feelings.

At the very least, the full truth should be written about the person on the plinth, not just a flowery interpretation.