Posted on February 20, 2019

Govt Pressuring Bank of England to Put Ethnic Minority on New £50 Note

Jack Montgomery, Breitbart, February 16, 2019

The Bank of England had committed to putting a scientist on the new banknote, but Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury under Chancellor Hammond (and a fellow Remainer) has urged the 325-year-old institution not to select a white person for the honour as it would send a “damaging message that ethnic minorities are invisible”, the Telegraph reports.

Tory party vice-chairwoman Helen Grant MP had previously complained that the Bank’s decision to feature an outstanding scientist was “problematic” insofar as it would make it harder to find an ethnic minority candidate for the role {snip}.


Ms Grant {snip} insisting the institution “has a duty to ensure that wider diversity is represented on our currency… there have only been four women in history on banknotes (including The Queen) and no ethnic minorities.”

“As a public institution, the Bank also has a responsibility to promote and, indeed, advance equality of opportunity,” she added, alleging the absence of ethnic minorities from British banknotes “undoubtedly” sends a “damaging message that ethnic minorities are invisible and have done nothing at all of significance in our history.”

A perennial favourite of the diversity promoters suggested for the new £50 is Mary Seacole, a mixed-race woman who ran a hotel behind British lines during the Crimean War.