Churchill statue condemned

A CONTROVERSIAL nine feet sculpture of Winston Churchill in a straitjacket, which was unveiled in Norwich at the weekend, has been condemned by his grandson “an ignorant gimmick.

A CONTROVERSIAL nine feet sculpture of Winston Churchill in a straitjacket, which was unveiled in Norwich at the weekend, has been condemned by his grandson “an ignorant gimmick.”

Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames was echoing criticism by Sir Patrick Cormack of a statue commissioned by the charity Rethink to highlight the stigma of mental illness.

Sir Patrick (Staffordshire South) told MPs: “Those with mental health problems are not helped by ignorant gimmicks. Is it not therefore appalling that in Norwich they have erected a statue to the greatest Englishman of the last millennium, put it in a straitjacket?

“Is that not insult both to his memory and to those with genuine mental health problems?”'


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Anne McGuire, minister for the disabled, said she was not aware of the incident but added: “I think anything that denigrates people who have a disability of any form, in whatever way, cannot be condoned in any way.”

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