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With controversial statues so much in the news these days, a walk to have a look at some would be interesting. You start with perhaps the most beautiful statue/memorial in London. And it’s to a great, kind woman. Yet even this has had its controversies. You then see a fine memorial to some very brave women. Another important memorial remembers the abolition of the slave trade. Then it’s on to a statue of a great heroine freedom fighter, but some might call her a terrorist? We then see a statue of a Frenchman who taxed the English into poverty to pay for his wars – what’s he doing there?! Then a man who chopped off the king’s head – what’s he doing there?! We finally see statues to a couple of truly great men, but they were very controversial in their time. Then it’s a law-abiding freedom fighter – but a radical might say she was too law abiding! We then see a huge memorial to a racist thug- what’s he still doing there?! Then it’s two great generic memorials to those who gave so much when we most needed them. Then we see the second largest memorial in London – to a useless chinless wonder. What’s he doing there?! Then it’s the oldest statue in London, to a king which was meant to be melted down when he fell out of favour. But it survives courtesy of some dodgy dealings. There’s also a statue to a man who said he would never set foot on British soil – what’s he doing there?! All these questions are answered and others posed. You finish where there used to be a great statue of General Gordon sitting on a camel. It’s been replaced by a magnificent statue to a great nurse. Or is it? And there are statues and memorials that are not anywhere – the Women of World War 1, Dickens, Sylvia Pankhurst. This is a controversy of its own. Who decides which statues go up, and which don’t?