Oxford University students vote to remove ‘colonial’ portrait of Queen | UK News
A group of Oxford University students voted to remove a portrait of the Queen from its common room.
He allegedly made this decision because some students believe it represents “recent colonial history”.
The president of Magdalen College said the group does not represent the university, but the decision has already been criticized by TV host Piers Morgan and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson – who called it ” absurd”.
“The middle common room is an organization of graduate students. They do not represent the College, ”tweeted its president, Dinah Rose QC.
“A few years ago, around 2013, they bought a print of a picture of the Queen to decorate their common room.
“They recently voted to withdraw it. These two decisions are theirs, not the College’s.”
She said the college “strongly supports freedom of speech and political debate, as well as the right of the RCM to autonomy”.
“Maybe they will vote to put it back, maybe they won’t. Until then, the photo will be kept safe,” Ms. Rose added.
Political site Guido Fawkes reported that the decision to remove the portrait was adopted by a “substantial majority”.
He said he had received the minutes of the committee meeting and the group concluded that “for some students representations of the monarch and the British monarchy represent recent colonial history”.
Students would seek to replace the image with “the art of or other influential and inspiring people”.
Oxford University students removing a photo of the Queen are just nonsense. She is the Head of State and a symbol of the best in the UK. During her long reign she worked tirelessly to promote the British values of tolerance, inclusiveness and respect around the world.
– Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) June 8, 2021
Mr Williamson said the decision to remove the photo was “just plain absurd”.
He tweeted: “She is the Head of State and a symbol of the best in the UK. During her long reign she has worked tirelessly to promote the British values of tolerance, inclusiveness and respect in the world. “
Piers Morgan also denounced the move, tweeting: “FFS. These awakened lunatics are beyond parody. Can we vote to have the Tower of London jail powers ordered by Monarch reinstated for these insolent wasters? “