Letter: Worth a statue

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Letter: Worth a statue

Sir: Ian Jack ("Raise statues to people, not concepts", 12 December) pleads for the vacant Trafalgar Square plinth to be filled with the statue of "an individual human being, a citizen of Britain and its former empire who deserves to be remembered" and makes a number of suggestions.

Would it not be more imaginative, at the close of this bloodiest of centuries, to commemorate the most representative of all the figures of our time: the refugee? One individual human being personifying the untold millions who have been uprooted, assaulted, made homeless and suffered every kind of violence. Perhaps a child.

It is a subject that would win grateful recognition wherever human rights and values are acknowledged.

The Very Rev MICHAEL MAYNE KCVO

Salisbury

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