EFFORTS by the Welsh government to rename a Caerphilly village named after Admiral Lord Nelson, because of his possible links to the slave trade, are “beyond hysterical” according to a radio host.
TalkRADIO’s Ian Collins furiously back at news that the Welsh government commissioned an audit into places named after figures linked to slavery and asked councils up and down the country to compile lists of “problem” names. The data was reviewed and then graded by a traffic light system according to the namesake’s links to slavery.
On the hit list was the town of Nelson in south east Wales, along with various streets and buildings in the village, which was named after a visit in 1803, which was smacked with an “amber” warning by the audit team.
This designation denotes Admiral Lord Nelson, who defeated the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars and was killed in the same battle, holds “ambiguous blame” for the slave trade.
But the move infuriated Mr Collins who expressed his sheer disbelief at the project before slamming Caerphilly council as “clearly having a lot of time on their hands”.
He said: “The second-hand association has therefore led to the village being cited as a ‘problematic place’.
“You think I am making this stuff up! You think this is out of a movie right?!”
He said: “I mean this is beyond hysterical! It’s sinister, it’s dirty, it’s terrifying. Down the memory hole goes Lord Nelson!”
Mr Collins said how the saga is “just dynamite” before expressing his astonishment at the plans “all because of a view he might have had 250 years ago!”
While in a joking jab at the Welsh government he suggested if they followed the plans through to their “natural conclusion” they “would have to dig him up!”.
There were a total of 31 cases where Nelson’s memory was commemorated publicly in the village, according to the report.
The report named ‘The Slave Trade and the British Empire: An Audit of Commemoration in Wales’ reviewed a host of other figures including the Duke of Wellington who also defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Alongside Nelson, the Duke was listed as someone who opposed the abolition of slavery.
Wartime prime minister Winston Churchill and founder of the police, Robert Peel were also smacked on the audit. “Brinkwire Summary News”.