[Ed. – Cancel culture fever hits Britain.]
The Education Secretary today slammed the ‘absurd’ cancelling of the Queen by Oxford students, who voted to take down an ‘unwelcoming’ portrait of the monarch from the graduates’ common room because ‘she represents recent colonial history’.
Members of the Middle Common Room (MCR) at Magdalen College passed the measure by a substantial majority, with one student commenting that ‘patriotism and colonialism are not really separable’.
Expressing his outrage, Gavin Williamson tweeted: ‘Oxford University students removing a picture of the Queen is simply absurd. She is the Head of State and a symbol of what is best about the UK.
‘During her long reign she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity and respect around the world.’
Oxford’s vice-chancellor Lord Patten also weighed in, calling the decision ‘offensive and obnoxiously ignorant’.