I had an interesting day on Monday after releasing a thread of eight tweets on the toppling of statues around the world. I had pondered hard whether to release the thread, suspecting it would raise the ire of the more intolerant of our activists. I was not disappointed.

The thread provoked furious debate on my account, which I engaged for a considerable time. There were some thoughtful engagements and critiques, but also the now common labelling, coupled with ideological and macho political posturing. What struck me most about many of these responses is that they did not appreciate or internalise that I was not proposing the retention of the statues of the more reprehensible historical figures; I was instead proposing their reimagining to honour the victims...

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