National trust has lost our trust

I resigned my membership of the National Trust when they took against hunting.  The recent fiasco concerning gay pride has not changed my mind.  Apparently, the National Trust is insisting that its guides at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk wear the Gay Pride rainbow badge when on duty.  They have been told they will not be allowed to work with the public if they refuse.  This is part of the National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme which started when the Trust “outed” Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, a country squire who bequeathed Felbrigg Hall, his ancestral home near Cromer, to the Trust when he died in 1969.  Godchildren of the poet and historian demanded to know why the organisation had decided to make a film narrated by Stephen Fry which revealed that this “intensely private” man was gay.


Some Trust volunteers have apparently refused to wear the flag motif in protest at the Trust’s decision to “out” the late Mr Ketton-Cremer and it is also reported that members of the Trust are resigning in protest at this absurd and intrusive political correctness.  I hope a lot more members quit this organisation that has clearly lost its way.

I don’t mind what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home and I have no  problem with those friends and acquaintances who acknowledge their homosexuality or lesbianism.  However, I am with Mr Ketton-Cremer and I value the right to privacy greatly.  I think a person’s sexual preference should be a private and personal choice and I object strongly to the aggressive publicity promoted by the so-called “LGBT community”.  I always remember Tatchell climbing into the pulpit during a church service and interrupting the then Archbishop of Canterbury and I thought this was a disgrace.

So, well done to those NT guides who are protesting and to those members who are quitting. A shame for the NT which has a wonderful main purpose but the solution lies in the hands of the NT Chief Executive and trustees to get on with looking after historical grand properties and to avoid stupid political correctness.


About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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2 Responses to National trust has lost our trust

  1. Matthew Phillips says:

    Excellent article. I agree with every word. You are a voice of common sense that is sadly lacking in our party today.

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