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Garden censored

It is not acceptable to describe Britain as having a ‘historical and ongoing identity as a colonial nuclear state’.

That’s the view of Tory councillors in Southend. In June, they forced the Metal arts group to remove an installation which contained these words from Gunners Park in Southend.

The rose garden installation, An English Garden, by Australian artist Gabriella Hirst, featured a plaque.

This pointed out that Britain’s first atom bomb was tested in Australia on ‘unceded Indigenous land, causing enduring devastation and contamination’.

It also referred to the recent decisions to develop new nuclear weapons and increase nuclear warhead stockpiles by 40 percent.