Detail from one of a series of murals that hang at the top the grand staircase in the Foreign Office, Westminster.
“Perhaps the most vivid expression of the triumphalist post-war mood in 1918 is Sigismund Goetze’s grandiose allegorical mural ‘Britannia Pacifatix’ commissioned by the Foreign Office and completed in 1921. Britannia stands resplendent in Roman helmet and red robe, flanked to her left by four, clean-cut, Adonis-like figures representing the white dominions (to their right are the figures of India, Arabia and Africa), and to her right by her somewhat more exotic allies, France, the United States and Greece (among others). At Britannia’s feet, the children of the vanquished enemy prostrate themselves repentant. Yet there was an illusionary quality to Britain’s victorious peace…”
Quote from Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson.
Black Lives Matter protesters blocked the road to Heathrow Airport as protests spark across the UK
As part of a U.K. nationwide #Shutdown to protest racism and police violence, Black Lives Matter protesters blocked off roads to London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday morning. Other BLM demonstrations took place in the U.K. cities of Nottingham and Birmingham, the Guardian reported.
Outside Heathrow Airport, some protesters lay in the street, while others touted a large banner emblazoned with the words: “This is a crisis.” Police said multiple people had been arrested, according to the Guardian.