Cecil Rhodes: Lord Patten warns against ‘pandering to contemporary views’ over statue row



While the Prophet Isaiah in chapter 3 was directly addressing the people of Judah and Jerusalem, God’s words to “His people” from “His prophet” ring ever the more true in these last of the last days in every Western so-called “culture.” We have permitted children and women to rule. We have allowed the weak, spoiled brats who truly know NOTHING to dictate how things will be — or else they will throw one of their infamous tantrums, and the so-called “adults” will scurry about to appease and spoil them further.

I have had to hear the truly foolish and idiotic partial phrase — “Children are our future…” my entire life. The problem being I’ve NEVER heard anyone dare complete the sentence, and due to our pandering, our permissiveness, our foolishness, our utter insanity and tossing aside all rational thought, all our foundations the end of the sentence is — “…and what a horrendous, terrible, deadly future it will be!”

The worlds universities and colleges, save what it appears but one, Oxford, have become nothing more than extended day care centers for incapable children unable to cope with the realities of the world as they deny history and pitch their fits and throw their infantile tantrums over the least little thing. And trust me, if you bother to take the time to investigate what they rail against, if you have a modicum of sense and knowledge, the least amount of understanding, you would be astonished as to what is TRULY taking place in almost EVERY college and university around the world.

We are not embracing the exchange of ideas and free thought to advance society — we are embracing subversive, rebellious, and truly pure evil which is removing history, rewriting history to please a truly ignorant lot who are nothing more than minute by minute followers of pure, unadulterated evil — make no mistake! EVERYTHING causes these spoiled brats an “affront” and “offends” them and unless one aligns themselves 100% behind these intolerant fascists they now want you to be fired, fined, or imprisoned because you don’t agree with them and do not align yourself with their intolerant, liberty killing fascism!

And we allow them to lead us, dictate to us!


And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.

Isaiah 3:4 — King James Version


As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

Isaiah 3:12 — King James Version


We allow foolish children, ignorant children to lead us and dictate to us.

We allow foolish women and ignorant women to lead us.


Because we have turned from God and the instruction of the word of God to rather embrace the pagan, the teachings of the world which have their origin in Satan. Plain and simple even though many — most will refuse to accept or embrace, or believe that TRUTH.

So be it.

In the end, which is advancing ever more quickly as the days become shortened — we all shall see who is right.

The world and it’s ignorance and foolishness, or the word of God and the ways of God.

~ Ken Pullen, A Crooked Path

Cecil Rhodes: Lord Patten warns against ‘pandering to contemporary views’ over statue row

Lord Patten defends Oxford’s historical relationship with Cecil Rhodes saying that many of its scholars depended on activities now seen to be ‘unacceptable’


Lord Patten Photo: ANDREW CROWLEY

The college has agreed to review the Rhodes statue leading to a wave of international criticism amid wider fears that universities are being undermined by political correctness.

In their first public comments on the furore both Lord Patten and the new vice-chancellor of Oxford University said that free speech was important but that history could not be rewritten.

Speaking as Professor Louise Richardson was installed as the 272nd vice-chancellor in Oxford’s history – the first woman to take the helm at the world’s second-oldest university – Lord Patten of Barnes said universities were “institutions where freedom of argument and debate should be unchallenged principles”.

He warned: “One thing we should never tolerate is intolerance. We do not want to turn our university into a drab, bland, suburb of the soul where the diet is intellectual porridge.”

“Education is not indoctrination. Our history is not a blank page on which we can write our own version of what it should have been according to our contemporary views and prejudices.”
Lord Patten

Adding: “Education is not indoctrination. Our history is not a blank page on which we can write our own version of what it should have been according to our contemporary views and prejudices.

“Because we value tolerance, we have to listen to people who shout – at a university, mark you – about speech crimes and ‘no platforming’. We have to listen to those who presume that they can re-write history within the confines of their own notion of what is politically, culturally and morally correct.”

Lord Patten, the former Governor of Hong Kong and chairman of the BBC Trust, pointed out that many Oxford scholars depended upon funding from activities that would be “unacceptable” in the modern world.

Many of the university’s “great buildings” were constructed using the “proceeds of activities that would be rightly condemned today”, he added.

Professor Richardson backed the view that university students should be exposed to uncomfortable views, and criticised attempts by student campaigners to censor free speech.

In her address she said: “How do we ensure that they appreciate the value of engaging with ideas they find objectionable, trying through reason to change another’s mind, while always being open to changing their own? How do we ensure that our students understand the true nature of freedom of inquiry and expression?”


Professor Richardson, the former vice-chancellor at St Andrews University, said universities should be places where students are encouraged to think “critically” in light of a push from students to create “safe spaces” at institutions.

She said: “If we can provide leaders for tomorrow who have been educated to think critically, to act ethically and always to question, these are the people who will prevent the next financial crisis; who will help us grapple with the fundamental questions prompted by the accelerating pace of technological change, as we confront profound ethical choices about the prolongation and even replication of life.”

Last month The Telegraph highlighted how many American universities are being ruled by political correctness. It was revealed that students at Harvard had asked for rape law to be dropped from lectures in case any students had been victims of sexual assault.

The issue of political correctness has since spread to the UK with a number of people, including Germaine Greer, and and objects such as pop songs and sombreros banned from campuses.

“Let’s keep our eyes firmly fixed on the future, without forgetting the traditions that bind us to our forebears.”
Prof Louise Richardson

The issue of freedom of speech being curtailed has been raised by scholars and activists. Last month, leading British professors wrote to the the Daily Telegraph to condemned campus censorship of anything that causes the least offence.
The letter said a whole generation of students is being denied the “intellectual challenge of debating conflicting views” because self-censorship is turning campuses into over-sanitised “safe spaces”.

Their intervention emerged as Oriel College considered removing a historic statue of Cecil Rhodes, one of its alumni and benefactors, because he is regarded as the founding father of colonial South Africa.

A senior source at Historic England, which will be consulted if the college decides to remove the statue, has suggested its removal would be nearly impossible because of the intricate relationship with the architecture and history of the listed building where it sits.

Professor Richardson, the first woman to hold the post of Vice-Chancellor at Oxford, spoke as she was admitted to office at a ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre, in front of Congregation, the University’s parliament.

The Chancellor of Oxford University has said that “ill-considered actions” in the name of social mobility “may cast doubt on the ability of some who study” at elite universities “to gain a place… on their own merits”.

He said: “We know we have a role to play in enhancing social inclusion in Britain.

“We know that we have to be even more resourceful and generous in promoting diversity in social background, gender, race and ethnicity.

“But we should not be harried into ill-considered actions that threaten the quality of what and how we teach; actions moreover which may cast doubt on the ability of some who study here to gain a place at this university on their own merits.”


Rhodes statue & Oriel College, Oxford

Chris Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), The Chancellor of Oxford University. The Daily Telegraph headline yesterday was “Oxford will not rewrite history”. Patten commented ““Education is not indoctrination. Our history is not a blank page on which we can write our own version of what it should have been according to our contemporary views and prejudice”

Dear students, Cecil Rhodes’s generous bequest has contributed greatly to the comfort and well being of many generations of Oxford students – a good many of them, dare we say it, better, brighter and more deserving than you.


This does not necessarily mean we approve of everything Rhodes did in his lifetime – but then we don’t have to. Cecil Rhodes died over a century ago. Autres temps, autres moeurs 2. If you don’t understand what this means – and it would not remotely surprise us if that were the case – then we really think you should ask yourself the question: “Why am I at Oxford?”


Oxford, let us remind you, is the world’s second oldest extant university. Scholars have been studying here since at least the 11th century. We’ve played a major part in the invention of Western civilisation, from the 12th century intellectual renaissance through the Enlightenment and beyond. Our alumni include William of Ockham, Roger Bacon, William Tyndale, John Donne, Sir Walter Raleigh, Erasmus, Sir Christopher Wren, William Penn, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Samuel Johnson, Robert Hooke, William Morris, Oscar Wilde, Emily Davison, Cardinal Newman. We’re a big deal. And most of the people privileged to come and study here are conscious of what a big deal we are. Oxford is their alma mater – their dear mother – and they respect and revere her accordingly.


And what were your ancestors doing in that period? Living in mud huts, mainly. Sure we’ll concede you the short lived Southern African civilisation of Great Zimbabwe. But let’s be brutally honest here. The contribution of the Bantu tribes to modern civilisation has been as near as damn it to zilch.


You’ll probably say that’s “racist”. But it’s what we here at Oxford prefer to call “true.” Perhaps the rules are different at other universities. In fact, we know things are different at other universities. We’ve watched with horror at what has been happening across the pond from the University of Missouri to the University of Virginia and even to revered institutions like Harvard and Yale: the “safe spaces”; the #blacklivesmatter <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/blacklivesmatter?source=feed_text&amp;story_id=10153197336611646> ; the creeping cultural relativism; the stifling political correctness; what Allan Bloom rightly called “the closing of the American mind”. At Oxford however, we will always prefer facts and free, open debate to petty grievance-mongering, identity politics and empty sloganeering. The day we cease to do so is the day we lose the right to call ourselves the world’s greatest university.


Of course, you are perfectly within your rights to squander your time at Oxford on silly, vexatious, single-issue political campaigns. (Though it does make us wonder how stringent the vetting procedure is these days for Rhodes scholarships and even more so, for Mandela Rhodes scholarships) We are well used to seeing undergraduates – or, in your case – postgraduates, making idiots of themselves. Just don’t expect us to indulge your idiocy, let alone genuflect before it. You may be black – “BME” as the grisly modern terminology has it – but we are colour blind. We have been educating gifted undergraduates from our former colonies, our Empire, our Commonwealth and beyond for many generations. We do not discriminate over sex, race, colour or creed. We do, however, discriminate according to intellect.


That means, inter alia, that when our undergrads or postgrads come up with fatuous ideas, we don’t pat them on the back, give them a red rosette and say: “Ooh, you’re black and you come from South Africa. What a clever chap you are!”1 No. We prefer to see the quality of those ideas tested in the crucible of public debate. That’s another key part of the Oxford intellectual tradition you see: you can argue any damn thing you like but you need to be able to justify it with facts and logic – otherwise your idea is worthless.


This ludicrous notion you have that a bronze statue of Cecil Rhodes should be removed from Oriel College, because it’s symbolic of “institutional racism” and “white slavery”. Well even if it is – which we dispute – so bloody what? Any undergraduate so feeble-minded that they can’t pass a bronze statue without having their “safe space” violated really does not deserve to be here. And besides, if we were to remove Rhodes’s statue on the premise that his life wasn’t blemish-free, where would we stop? As one of our alumni Dan Hannan has pointed out, Oriel’s other benefactors include two kings so awful – Edward II and Charles I – that their subjects had them killed. The college opposite – Christ Church – was built by a murderous, thieving bully who bumped off two of his wives. Thomas Jefferson kept slaves: does that invalidate the US Constitution? Winston Churchill had unenlightened views about Muslims and India: was he then the wrong man to lead Britain in the war?”


Actually, we’ll go further than that. Your Rhodes Must Fall campaign is not merely fatuous but ugly, vandalistic and dangerous. We agree with Oxford historian RW Johnson that what you are trying to do here is no different from what ISIS and the Al-Qaeda have been doing to artefacts in places like Mali and Syria. You are murdering history.


And who are you, anyway, to be lecturing Oxford University on how it should order its affairs? Your#rhodesmustfall <https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/rhodesmustfall?source=feed_text&amp;story_id=10153197336611646>  campaign, we understand, originates in South Africa and was initiated by a black activist who told one of his lecturers “whites have to be killed”. One of you – Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh – is the privileged son of a rich politician and a member of a party whose slogan is “Kill the Boer; Kill the Farmer”; another of you, Ntokozo Qwabe, who is only in Oxford as a beneficiary of a Rhodes scholarship, has boasted about the need for “socially conscious black students” to “dominate white universities, and do so ruthlessly and decisively!”


Great. That’s just what Oxford University needs. Some cultural enrichment from the land of Winnie Mandela, burning tyre necklaces, an AIDS epidemic almost entirely the result of government indifference and ignorance, one of the world’s highest per capita murder rates, institutionalised corruption, tribal politics, anti-white racism and a collapsing economy. Please name which of the above items you think will enhance the lives of the 22,000 students studying here at Oxford.


And then please explain what it is that makes your attention grabbing campaign to remove a listed statue from an Oxford college more urgent, more deserving than the desire of probably at least 20,000 of those 22,000 students to enjoy their time here unencumbered by the irritation of spoilt, ungrateful little tossers on scholarships they clearly don’t merit using racial politics and cheap guilt-tripping to ruin the life and fabric of our beloved university.


Understand us and understand this clearly: you have everything to learn from us; we have nothing to learn from you.


Yours, Oriel College, Oxford

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2 Responses to Cecil Rhodes: Lord Patten warns against ‘pandering to contemporary views’ over statue row

  1. G Snellgrove June 1, 2018 at 5:33 AM #

    You have learnt nothing and will learn nothing. Your Britain has fallen in the dirt and so will that statue of Rhodes at Oriel. We will give you Brits the history you deserve.

    • kenpullen June 1, 2018 at 7:45 AM #

      G. Snellgrove,

      It would behoove you well to pause and read who the author, or the origin of specific articles are from on this website. As administrator of A Crooked Path, because of the platform used here, my name appears on the home page of every article — I can’t change that. It’s how the platform is set up and beyond my control — but if you actually open up the article, on all of them, you will see who the author is and where the article originates from.

      Any articles I personally write will appear in the category “Ken’s Columns” and / or be written as a “preface” to an article posted.

      I am not British. I do not live in England. I merely research, observe and report on current events pertaining to Biblical prophecy or the apostate church, the great falling away. False teachers and their false teachings I might come across.

      And we, if you are American as I am, will have little or nothing to do with the fall of Britain. They are doing a fine job of falling themselves and we have little or nothing to do with it. They have turned mightily from God, turned to greater paganism / New Age doctrines and worldly philosophies and they are doing a bang up job of falling down completely on their own.

      Please, take a breath and a moment to see at the beginning of every article on this website who might have written it, and its original source which is always included.

      Thank you.

      Ken Pullen
      Watchman on the wall, administrator, researcher, observer, editor and sometimes author of A Crooked Path

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