Monday, September 24

Statue of Crapper

Dr Helen Szamuely over on "One London" comments that "Hizonna" has resurrected the matter of statues in central London. He wants Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the already overcrowded Parliament Square. Very British Subjects has other ideas on who should be commemorated.

Well if there are to be nominations for appropriate British Subjects to have new statues erected in their honour in our Capital City the editorial team on this Blog wish to nominate Thomas Crapper. Mr Crapper was a small entrepreneurial Business man that mass produced the WC and ignored the prudish attitude of mid-Victorian society in the interests of public health - and indeed growing his own business.

Whilst Thomas Crapper did not invent the first flush toilet he very much advanced its popularity. He was a very shrewd businessman, salesman and self-publicist. In a time when bathroom fixtures were barely spoken of, he heavily promoted
sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom.

Thomas Crapper's name has been taken in vane since his death in 1910 and now this Very British (plumber) Subject deserves public recognition. The Editor will make a note to mention the promoting of a statue of the late Mr Crapper to the Federation of Small Businesses; one feels a motion at the annual conference coming on.

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