Wednesday, 1 July 2009

UK Public opinion poll: It is time to return the Parthenon Marbles

The Greek Minister of Culture claims that public opinion in the UK favours the return of the Parthenon Marbles. The Guardian conducted an opinion poll among its readers... it turns out he was indeed right. Only six percent of Brits think that their country has a "right" (or reason) to hang on to the bits of an iconic building that Elgin shipped from Athens, 94% think they should now be united with the rest of the remains of the complex back in Athens. A parallel poll conducted by the London Daily News found that almost 79% agreed that the British Government should return these fragments to Greece.

If this is representative of public opinion in the UK as a whole, it looks like the British Museum has some thinking to do. Maybe there should be a referendum.

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