Let it be?


It’s all very well having Steven Fry lecturing us about the importance of history, but what exactly should happen when two historical periods collide?

Liverpool council is in the midst of a debate over whether Penny Lane and other suburban streets should undergo name changes to remove their links with the slave trade. Named after wealthy slave trader James Penny, it is one of seven streets which may be renamed after people who fought against slavery, rather than 18th century traders who profited from it.

Who owns the past?