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Richard Madeley has suggested that Oxford University students are "thick" for removing a portrait of the Queen because she "represents colonial history"
Students at one of the university's colleges have reportedly agreed to remove the painting as "patriotism and colonialism are not really separable".
The alleged decision has sparked fury online, with the president of Magdalen College distancing the institution itself from the students involved.
Discussing the decision on Good Morning Britain, Richard said that he "couldn't help but think it was a wind-up".
Joined by co-host Susanna Reid, Richard picked up a £10 note with the Queen's face on it and said: "If you're watching at Magdalen – you won't be as you won't be awake until 9-10 – but assuming that you are, would you rip this up? It's got a picture of the Queen on it, bit of colonial culture going on there. So would you stop using cash?
Richard Madeley has suggested that Oxford University students are 'thick' for removing a portrait of the Queen
"Actually, I can't help think this is a wind-up because it's so stupid. It's really thick."
Susanna pointed out that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had stepped in to condemn them, claiming it was "absurd".
Richard continued: "Have they not heard of the commonwealth? Do they not know what the commonwealth is? That the commonwealth – which the Queen has presided over – is actually the exit from colonialism? Do they not get this? Because these guys are supposed to be among the brightest in the land."
Students at Oxford University's Magdalen college have reportedly agreed to remove the painting
Royalist opponents of the take-down told Guido Fawkes yesterday: "It is worth considering the reputational damage that this motion would have if passed, not only for our common room and College, but for Oxford students more generally.
"In an era where debates on no-platforming and cancel culture rage strong, effectively ‘cancelling’ the Queen and brandishing her a symbol of colonialism – so often used as a synonym for racism – sends a dire message that is sure to enrage.
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"Moreover, it is culturally insensitive for a common room so heavily comprised of international students to seek to remove a national symbol from a British institution."
On Twitter, Williamson had said: "Oxford University students removing a picture of the Queen is simply absurd.
"She is the Head of State and a symbol of what is best about the UK.
"During her long reign she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity & respect around the world."
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV