Speaking on ITV Good Morning Britain (GMB) UK academic Professor Kehinde Andrews argued images of the monarch could, indeed, cause offence. His remarks come amid a row over the Northern Ireland secretary last week requesting an internal review into the removal of pictures of the Queen from Stormont House. A Government spokesman said the case would be reviewed in “due course”, reported the BBC.
Professor Andrews was adamant “we have come too far” for people who are offended by images of the Queen to simply look away from them, using the UK’s colonial past to highlight his case.
“And it is the idea that some people in the UK are perfectly happy with it.
“You have to understand the colonial history of this.”
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ITV GMB host Ben Shephard responded: “People have already got in touch.
“There is a very simple solution to this.
“If there a piece of art that is offending you, you just don’t look at it.
“Is that just a bit too flippant?
“Because I would imagine the portrait was there before this person started working there.
“We don’t know the exact timeline of when the portrait arrived.”
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Also appearing on the programme was Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall who put up a staunch defence of the use of images of the Queen in official buildings.
The former army officer argued these images are not there “as a work of art” but rather because Her Majesty is the “head of state of the United Kingdom”.
Lieutenant General Sir Simon said: “It’s not there as a work of art.
“In fact some of the pictures of the Queen I think she would quite offended by because I don’t think they are very good!
“She has had thousands of pictures made of her.
“The object – whether it is a work of art or a photograph – is there because she is the head of state of the United Kingdom.”
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Host Mr Shephard pressed Professor Andrews on whether people should simply not look at the image if it causes offence.
But the scholar fired back, saying: “No, we have come far too far.
“It’s not 1940 – workers have rights.
“And also a big part of this problem is: we say we like Britain we like people to have their voice.
“Now people are having their voice we are now saying, ‘you are wrong, you shouldn’t be having that voice.”