Unelected Trustees of the British Museum claim the symbol of Democracy as their own.

Boris Johnson's government is being held hostage, as is UK and world public opinion,  along with a UNESCO world heritage monument, and ironically the symbol of Democracy itself, the Parthenon Sculptures, by a retentionist colonial-era mindset cabal of 21 unelected officials at the British Museum.

The UK government shunts Greek, EU and UNESCO organisations requests for restitution to the Museum Trustees, wishing to avoid conflict with the government-appointed cabal, despite the overwhelming support for the return among the British public, the Oxford Union, Cambridge University, the Opposition leader, and dozens of other world respected academic, political and cultural establishments. 

Day by day the isolation of the colonial-era booty museum with its halls overflowing with blood-soaked and looted foreign artefacts and collections becomes more obvious and pressing on the institution. This has resulted in an increasingly aggressive stance in the statements of BM curators and spokespeople. 

The British government will have to deal with the unethical stance of the holdout trustee committee if Her Majesty's Government  is not to become a cultural oddity as Britain moves to reassert its independence and national identity post-Brexit.

Any government that gives protection to a tiny but still influential committee of special interest will find itself at odds with the rest of the country and the world. Whitehall cannot forever ignore the issue hoping it will go away. It will not, and we at IPSACI, along with hundreds of thousands of citizens, organisations, student unions, professional organisations and decent citizens will make sure that the British government has the full support it may wish for to take the bull by the horns to do what is right.

Britain gave back India and a hundred colonies to their rightful owners. It is a very small step to empty Room 18 of the British Museum and to put that museum on the road away from its iniquitous past and towards a future governed by ethical curating  to transform the historical museum into a truly great world institution. The British public that overwhelmingly supports restitution of looted collections deserves no less.

In Memoriam David Alan Smith -

Our last respects to David Alan Smith, devoted friend of Greece, tireless campaigner and co founder of IPSACI the International Parthenon Sculptures Action Committee of New Zealand (lived 1944-2019). Alan, from the Prince of Wales School in Nairobi where hemmet our chairman, lived near Londiani and then emigrated to Auckland where he was a successful businessman, writer and innovator.

With broken hearts we share his family's irreplaceable loss of the wonderful, caring, family minded, hard working, creative and visionary friend with whom we counted a friendship that began when we were twelve, many years ago in Rhodes House in that distant empire boarding school, the Prince of Wales (now Nairobi School) and continued until we were mature men, but young at heart, and had vision for new projects up to this last day of his mortal existence.

We held a memorial service with Dimitra Mantheakis, IPSACI governing board member and committee Secretary, at our local village church at Kalyvia in Greece after hearing the news of Alan's passing from post-surgical complications and pneumonia. May Alan's soul rest in peace as we are sure it will, surrounded by the family he created in the distant for us green and pleasant land, New Zealand, he chose to make his new home.

Godspeed dear friend, we will miss you every day. With our love, gratitude and devotion and thoughts for your grieving family and friends.

Alexis and Dimitra Mantheakis.

With the Board Members and supporters of IPSACI