If you’re a member of the National Trust then your help is needed to save it from the woke ideologues who are currently in charge and seem set on undermining it as a guardian of the nation’s heritage.
AGM voting is now open and it is essential that the right people are elected to the Council to keep the trust focused on what it is supposed to be doing and not getting diverted – and diverting resources – into fashionable and contentious ideological schemes that undermine its core purpose.
Restore Trust – a politically independent group that wants the National Trust’s focus and priorities “not to be driven by modish, divisive ideologies but rather solely by its noble mandate… to preserve buildings, interiors, artefacts, gardens and countryside, whilst making these places accessible to all” – recommends former Supreme Court Justice (and Lockdown Sceptic stalwart) Jonathan Sumption, Philip Gibbs, Andrew Gimson, Violet Manners and Philip Merricks for election to the Council.
Restore Trust has also put forward resolutions calling for the abolition of the undemocratic Quick Vote and the restoration of Clandon Park, still a ruin after the fire of 2015.
National Trust members, MPs and ministers have grown increasingly concerned over the trust’s leadership after it published a report in 2021 into the links between its properties – including the home of Winston Churchill – and the U.K.’s colonial and slavery past.
Following widespread criticism of the report, the Charity Commission opened a “regulatory compliance case” and the Heritage Minister told Parliament that the report was “unfortunate” and the trust should go back to its “core functions”.
At last year’s AGM Restore Trust published a rebel motion that called for the resignation of then-Chairman Tim Parker after he described Black Lives Matter, which in the U.K. has called on the Government to “defund the police”, as a “human rights movement with no party-political affiliations” in a letter to a member.
The motion stated:
Unnecessary controversies have threatened to undermine the charity’s simple duty to promote public enjoyment of buildings, places and chattels under its protection. As a result, morale among volunteers and members is at an all-time low and the National Trust has suffered, both financially and reputationally. The National Trust needs to regain the nation’s confidence, and will need fresh leadership to achieve this.
Mr. Parker resigned before the motion could be put to members.
There was further controversy in 2017 when it emerged that the Trust had tried to force volunteers at a Norfolk mansion to wear the gay pride rainbow symbol on lanyards and badges.