‘MINI BREXIT’: STATUE OF THATCHER DIVIDES HOMETOWN
A statue commemorating Margaret Thatcher has divided her home town of Grantham.
The monument was rejected by Westminster in 2018 amid fears that it would a target for vandalism, so it was offered to the Lincolnshire town.
The council’s decision to underwrite a £100,000 unveiling ceremony this week has reignited the debate on whether the statue should be erected.
Les Steptoe, chair of Grantham Labour, told the Guardian: “We find that in the middle of a pandemic, when the public coffers both on a national level and a local level, are emptying very quickly, their sense of priorities to be absolutely perverse.”
“She was arguably the most divisive prime minister this country’s has ever had and this is an incredibly divisive decision by the local Tories.”
Amanda Schonhut, director of fundraising at Grantham museum, branded the issue as a “mini Brexit”.