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Reform the National Trust to save our heritage


THIS time last year we alerted TCW readers to an organisation called Restore Trust  which is trying to roll back the wokery that has plagued the National Trust in recent years. Once again we are encouraging the National Trust members among you to vote for their candidates in the upcoming elections. The voting has opened. If you want to restore the Trust to its core purpose, this is how you can. 

We’ve reported on several examples of the National Trust’s idiocy and ignorance in recent years. One such was at Cragside, the grand Northumberland home of Victorian industrialist William Armstrong, where it was decided that as part of a celebration of the role of women it would be a great idea to cover up paintings and sculptures of men. ‘The National Distrust’ was how one reader responded to that. 

The last few years have seen this alleged preserver of our heritage doing its best to trash it. It not only committed its support for the Marxist Black Lives Matter campaign but pressured its volunteers and staff into re-education camp. It insultingly insisted that there was ‘nothing political about fairness and respect and serving the whole of society’ as though its staff had been unfair and disrespectful (ie. racist) before.

This initiative came hand-in-hand with an ‘Interim Report on the Connections between Colonialism and Properties Now in the Care of the National Trust, Including Links with Historic Slavery’. This curiously selective list omitted Housesteads Roman fort and its adjoining section of Hadrian’s Wall even though, as Chris McGovern pointed out in TCW, no other monument in the British Isles is a more potent statement of imperial enslavement. Either this hadn’t occurred to them or if it had, it didn’t quite fit their (oh-so-non-political) British blame narrative. Their next virtue signalling for our general re-education benefit  was to bend the National Trust knee to Sir Winston Churchill slurs.  

Last year members were incensed to find that the Trust, which received £65million insurance money after Clandon Park House in Surrey was gutted by fire in 2015, had no intention of restoring it – a shocking dereliction of its fundamental duty.  

Understandably, despite misgivings many people maintain their membership in order to access the Trust’s beautiful properties. But if its decline into virtue-signalling idiocy dismays or angers you, there is something you can do about it. Via your membership, you can put pressure on the Trust to do the right thing by casting your vote for ‘Restore Trust’ recommended candidates for the National Trust Council and for Restore Trust’s members’ resolutions. You can vote online here

The Restore Trust candidates are Andrew Gimson, Philip Gibbs, Violet Manners, Jonathon Sumption and Philip Merricks. You can find all the details as to how to vote and about the resolutions here. 

The deadline for online voting is November 3. The AGM is on November 11 and the National Trust site says that the results will be announced ‘shortly after’ the AGM.

If you want to find out more about Restore Trust, this is the link to its website

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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