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Populist playbook comments by local MP

November 13, 2020 6:00 PM
Interesting that South West Wiltshire MP Andrew Murrison feels the need to comment on the National Trust taking them to task for being in his opinion 'to political'. Charities and organisations are by their very nateure 'political' as they seek to attract and influence. This more about having a view that differs from the one held by Murrison.
A different perspective is emerging from an article from byline times describing a new group that has emerged within the Tory ranks who are attempting to rewrite history under the thinly veiled disguise of standing up for "common sense".
The so-called 'Common Sense Group' (CSG) is a relatively new group of 59 Conservative MPs and seven peers. This cabal of right-wing politicians is just the latest page in the populist playbook, attempting to undo the progress we have made over many decades … and rewriting history in the process.
After the National Trust saga, one of its members said that she would be revoking her membership, claiming that the charity had become "too political". This is ironic, given the trust's mission to educate and encourage people to delve into social and political history through their historic sites. The National Trust commented that they were simply offering "multiple perspectives on history".
It seems we can assume Murrison is either a supporter or a member of this group.
Watch out Wiltshire, your history may be rewritten to suit.