The granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill Emily Soames has told the BBC that she was “shocked” to see the statue boarded up.
She said that Churchill was a “complex man” and millions of people consider him a War time hero that saved the UK.
Soames told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, it was “extraordinarily sad that my grandfather, who was such a unifying figure in this country, appears to have become a sort of icon through being controversial.
“We’ve come to this place where history is viewed only entirely through the prism of the present.”
This comes as protestors last weekend defaced the statue and wrote he “was a racist,” along with other profanity.
Soames added, that “he was a powerful, complex man, with infinitely more good than bad in the ledger of his life.”
She agreed that people are “infuriated” over what happened to the statue by protestors and conceded that it may be safer in a museum.
She said, “But I think Parliament Square would be a poorer place without him.”