David Abulafia David Abulafia

Why does Priyamvada Gopal find ‘eloquence’ troubling?

The fallen statue of Edward Colston (Getty images)

Why should anyone feel insulted when they are described as ‘eloquent’? Priyamvada Gopal, professor of post-colonial studies at Cambridge University, felt moved to speak on behalf of David Olusoga when I used that very compliment to describe him. In an article for the Daily Telegraph, I argued that Olusoga’s testimony in the trial of the ‘Colston Four’ was not relevant.

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