A 10ft plinth to deter people from vandalising Thatcher statue? That’s begging for graffiti

Look at all that white space: What a wonderful – free – canvas for any would-be Banksy to pass comment on the woman whose image stands at the top of it. At least, that’s what this artist’s impression suggests.

It seems nobody wants to have a statue of Margaret Thatcher on their doorstep.

Westminster Council rejected plans to put it up in central London last year, basing the decision on a report that it could attract “potential vandalism and civil disorder”.

Now, according to Metro, councillors in Baroness Thatcher’s hometown of Grantham, Lincolnshire, are considering putting the £300,000 statue on a 10ft plinth – also to deter “politically-motivated vandals”.

They haven’t thought it through at all.

A 10ft plinth will be a blank canvas for every wannabe Banksy who wants to try their hand at satirical graffiti.

They’ll come from every corner of the United Kingdom to make their mark on that wonderful 10ft expanse of white stone – and to make a point about the woman whose image will stand at the top of it.

And with 17 objections to the statue plan, and only seven in support, it is doubtful that many people will be upset if they do.

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  1. Lawrence Roberts February 2, 2019 at 12:56 am - Reply

    She was a thief. A pair of Stocks would be more fitting. Neo-Liberian is over but don’t they know it.

  2. Doug Hepburn February 2, 2019 at 5:11 am - Reply

    If they do stick the effigy of the old witch on high plinth then I look forward to the day where it’s pulled down in the style of the Sadam Hussein statue in Iraq.

  3. Justin February 2, 2019 at 10:39 am - Reply

    wow what a lovely statue for the creative talent of England to spend some lovely quality time making this look pretty, this really is a pathetic waste of money and resource which could be used a lot better elsewehre

  4. Justin Sanford February 2, 2019 at 10:49 am - Reply

    ladders at ALDI £49.99

    • Mike Sivier February 3, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Too expensive.

  5. Robbie February 2, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I trust you are not advocating the wanton vandalism that graffiti undoubtably is wherever it is daubed.

    • Mike Sivier February 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Certainly not! I merely foretell.

      • Justin February 3, 2019 at 5:22 pm - Reply

        Wonder if Uri Geller will predict the statue head staying on

  6. nmac064 February 2, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Ah well, Grantham is welcome to the monstrosity. I will never see it.

  7. David Halsall February 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Cant think of anything more that I would love to see covered in bird s**t.

    • Mike Sivier February 3, 2019 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      While I appreciate the sentiment, please don’t swear here.

  8. Pat Sheehan February 3, 2019 at 12:09 am - Reply

    A three hundred thousand pound ‘two-fingered gesture’ to Socialism in austerity riddled, broken Britain! And no money tree?

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