To go retrospectively through history and try to right every wrong is a sad waste of time

I notice that there is a lot of agitation and a flurry of words about the recent apology with the Turing case and that he was punished for being gay.

Yes, he is exonerated and I welcome that decision. He was as good as Churchill in how we won the last war.

Now every person that was “guilty” of what was then a crime wants forgiveness. But – yes a big but – we cannot go on being compassionate. Are we now re-writing history?

People who were (at that time) guilty of a recognised crime were sentenced accordingly.

Let us go back a few years – for being poor you finished up in the work house, stealing bread because you were hungry could get you deported, what about women’s rights campaigners, slave traders and witch finders?


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Yes we all agree that it was wrong, but to go retrospectively through history and try to right every wrong is a sad waste of time.

CLLR ALAN LAY

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