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Patten criticism of Cecil Rhodes campaign 'scandalous'

January 14th, 2016

Episode 787 of 1273 episodes

One of the founding members of the campaign to move the statue of Cecil Rhodes at the University of Oxford to a museum says Lord Patten’s response to the campaign is “scandalous”. Lord Patten, the university’s chancellor, told the Today programme that if Oxford students did not demonstrate a “generosity of spirit” towards history and respect for the principle of free speech “they should think about being educated elsewhere”. But Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, an international relations student at Oxford, said the campaign was “doing exactly what Lord Patten says a university is for.” “The notion that Cecil Rhodes should be un-reflexively glorified… we think is no longer tolerable,” he told the Today programme.