Save Bletchley Park!

The UK equivalent of these museums is Bletchley Park and the National Museum of Computing which is housed there.

Bletchley Park is an example of British brains and British thinking at its best. Have we no national pride? Is the UK government ashamed of British achievements? Where is our debt of gratitude for the efforts of so many to achieve so much? In Britain we can’t even manage to preserve what we have.

Well, yes, there is indeed something there worth saving.

The Mansion house was bought by Sir Herbert Leon in 1883 and was requisitioned by the government in 1938.

In fact, what is worth saving is the very best of British.

We\’re the people who invented the concept that even the Government was not above the law. That private property really is private property.

The government of the time nicked it off Sir Herbert Leon\’s family citing urgent national need. They should now restore it to the state it was and give it back.

Reinforcing the idea that what is ours cannot be simply taken by bureaucratic fiat is far more important than a museum of computing. Indeed, a far better memorial to those whose war service there was to protect us from that most un-British of ideas, that we and what is ours belong to the State.

3 comments on “Save Bletchley Park!

  1. The government of the time nicked it off Sir Herbert Leon’s family citing urgent national need.

    This isn’t true. As you said yourself a few comments below it only takes a few minutes to check these things, you really should.

  2. “Bletchley Park is an example of British brains and British thinking at its best.”: Jerzy Rozycki, Henryk Zygalski and Marian Rejewski.

  3. “We’re the people who invented the concept that even the Government was not above the law. ”

    A very, very sweeping statement. Sources please.

    “That private property really is private property.”

    What evidence do you advance in support of this statement? The hundreds of Enclosure Acts passed by a Parliament packed with landowners in a state-sponsored land grab that lasted for centuries (Heilbroner – ‘Paupers and shepe’?)

    Without debating whether enclosure was a good or bad thing in itself (in Zimbabwe and South Africa, for instance, it seems to be a theory in crisis), the rights to ‘private property’ that you advocate defines amongst ‘private property’ that which someone wealthier and better connected than has deprived you of for no purpose than to enrich themselves. Ah, I forgot – the right of the peasant to graze his cattle on the common, and to collect firewood from it, was ‘inefficient’. In the hierarchy of economic theology, efficiency beats property rights every time, all of the time.

    Why should I give a rat’s toss for the ownership of Bletchley when half the nation remains under the control of people whose ancestors to all intents and purposes stole it?

    “Reinforcing the idea that what is ours cannot be simply taken by bureaucratic fiat is far more important than a museum of computing.”

    Something of an enigma, that statement.

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