Göring himself had plans to plunder the British Museum. And where were the Nazis going to send the Elgin marbles? To Athens! This Clooney is advocating nothing less than the Hitlerian agenda for London’s cultural treasures. He should stuff the Hollywood script and stick to history. – Boris Johnson


Why the Clooney-lunacy of ‘open debate’

when we know that Hollywood is weaker

than Hitler? Who, via Göring, would slake

the British Museum of its Grecian grandeur—

Nazi’s drooling blood from Senate House.

Say the facts of history are facts of intention,

that Göring echoes louder than the Parthenon,

or Elgin’s purse is worth nothing to the gods.


Georgie: restore the marble in your own head:

geography lies to us, like sleep, or falls away

lost on Athenian receipts that somehow pay

the price of antiquity. Property is not debated

by headless Greeks or pantheons of celebrity:

all treasures are built upon a culture looted.


James Byrne

Collage: Claire Palmer






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One Response to MARBLES

    1. At least the spirit of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of His Britannic Majesty to the Sublime Porte of Selim III, Sultan of Ottoman Empire is alive and well in Britain today.

      Comment by Ian D Smith on 27 February, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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