Saturday, October 25, 2014

"The Elgin Marbles belong in Britain, Mrs Clooney"

There has been a sudden scramble of attention in the international media over the Parthenon Marbles over the past few days which is directly related to the involvement of 'celebrity' British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in the discussions. It seems we need more celebrities in the struggle with the looters. Anyway one of the less salubrious 'contributions to the discussion' is a nasty piece of orientalist chest-thumping chauvinism from the Telegraph (Jeremy Paxman,  "The Elgin Marbles belong in Britain, Mrs Clooney") with the patronising leader: "Had Lord Elgin not plundered these works of art, they might have ended up in the footings of an Athens kebab stand", reflecting Paxman's attitudes towards the Greeks and kebabs. British Museum, can you do no betteer than that? 

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