Talking Point: Should London return the Elgin Marbles to Greece?

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The Elgin marbles were removed from the Acropolis more than 200 years ago (PA) (PA Archive)
The Elgin marbles were removed from the Acropolis more than 200 years ago (PA) (PA Archive)

The British Museum has maintained its stance that the Elgin Marbles should remain in London, despite further calls from Greece for their return.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the 2,500-year-old sculptures were “stolen” from Athens and “belong in the Acropolis Museum,” where a space has been left vacant in case of their return.

A British Museum spokesperson, referring to the Elgin Marbles as the Parthenon sculptures, said: “The Parthenon sculptures are a vital element in this interconnected world collection. They’re a part of the world’s shared heritage and transcend political boundaries.”

Do you think the Elgin Marbles “transcend political boundaries,” or should The British Museum return the sculptures?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the Evening Standard website tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: Should the UK impose tougher rules on those unvaccinated?

Lots of you got in touch with your thoughts.

LongTermExpat said:Rephrase the question as “Should Britain adopt tougher rules for “those who don’t care about anyone but themselves”, or “those who think that they Don’t Take no Nonsense from The Man, who Do Their Own Research and who Ain’t Gunna Be Told What To Do”, or “those who actively wish to contribute to the spread of a virus”, or “those who don’t care if other people get sick and possibly die as long as they themselves are not inconvenienced in any way, shape or form?””....and then answer.

ReginalBowler said: “It’s a good thing. Democratic governments making rules to help protect people from disease. You need a licence to drive. You need all sorts of paperwork for other things. Childhood vaccinations have been compulsory in many European countries for years. Now people in some countries are required to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 to do some things. It’s the same as before. This is not a new thing. It’s backed up by the European Court of Human Rights pronouncement back in April. We are not in the eu, but we should certainly use NHS COVID-19 Passes.”

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