October 27, 2006
Following their article on the Parthenon Sculptures, the New Statesman asked visitors to their website to vote on the Question: Is it time to send the Elgin Marbles home?.
The results can no longer be seen, as the poll is replaced by a new one each week. When I looked at it just before it was replaced, the results suggested that 81.2% of people felt that it was time to return them. Along with the poll, people can post comments – what is interesting, is that in the comments for those that voted No, are the same misinformed arguments that seem to come up every time the issue is discussed – That they were purchased legitimately & that their return would lead to the emptying of the world’s museums.
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Last week we asked:
Is it time to send the Elgin Marbles home?
To retain them would perpetuate the view of the British as imperialistic plunderers. Keith Sayer
We should give them back as a matter of priority. We have plenty more things to loot from around the globe and we need to make space for them in our museums. Dave Singh
The Marbles are part of a world heritage. To return them would result in clamour for the return of relics and art from all over the world. Mike Soutar
They were stolen, and should be returned. Mike Green
It’s not as though they were some sort of souvenir bought from the Greeks. They are plunder, pure and simple. G Douglas Vaisey
They were bought by Lord Elgin and brought to the UK legitimately. They should continue to be held in London – by the legal owners. Why should they be returned? Alan Briggs
It would seem inconsistent to complain about the Taliban’s destruction of Buddhas and then not to repatriate Elgin’s finest. Rather than losing our marbles, it would be an act of pristine sanity. Stefan Hohmann
- Guardian Elgin Marbles poll results : July 10, 2009
- Poll on the return of the Parthenon Marbles : September 12, 2012
- Vote for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures : June 24, 2009
- Museums Association Poll – Should the Parthenon Marbles be returned to Greece : June 2, 2012
- Vote on the Rosetta Stone : December 9, 2009
- More coverage of Andrew George MP & Stephen Fry’s success in Monday’s Parthenon Marble debate : June 13, 2012
- The campaign to return the Parthenon Marbles is an appeal to Britain’s “better instincts” : June 15, 2012
- Making a grand gresture by returning the Elgin Marbles : July 10, 2009