is a decision that I have had to make and there will be others who
may feel different and would enjoy the attraction of being a Member
of the British Empire and those three letters after their name. But I
feel it would be a betrayal to all of the Africans who have lost
their lives and who have suffered as a result of Empire. Ancestors
would be turning in their graves after how Empire and colonialism had
Gayle, Liverpool FC’s first back player turning down an MBE in
is the moment for toppling statues, both real and metaphoric.
co-founder of War Child, a charity with strong music connections, I
appeal to all those connected to the charity and other similar NGO's
who have received 'Empire’ awards, to respect Howard Gayle’s
example and follow John Lennon, who nearly 50 years earlier,
returned his MBE “in protest against Britain’s involvement in the
Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and
against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts.”
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