Mitsotakis even made Piers Morgan change his mind - "It's time to return the marbles"

Piers Morgan Parthenon Sculptures

During a Sky News Australia broadcast, the well-known British presenter and commentator Piers Morgan, who has supported the Parthenon Sculptures staying in the British Museum, revealed a change in his attitude. In fact, as he said, the argument of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his televised interview with the BBC played a catalytic role.

"This is not in my mind an ownership question. This is a reunification argument. Where can you best appreciate what is essentially one monument?" said Mitsotakis. "It's as if you cut the Mona Lisa in half; half at the Louvre, half at the British Museum. Do you think your viewers would appreciate it in the same way? Well this is exactly what happened with the Parthenon.”

Responding to Mitsotakis, Morgan said: "He makes a compelling case. Greece has built a spectacular museum to show off the Parthenon Marbles, as it calls them, but there is a glaring space where the sculptures on display in London really ought to be. They were brought to Britain by Lord Elgin, who paid a fortune to extract them and later sold them to the government after an expensive divorce. He always claimed he had permission from the Ottoman Empire, which controlled Athens at the time.

"But as the Greek PM says, this isn’t really an argument about whether a British aristocrat filled out the right paperwork.

"The British Museum can own the Marbles and loan them to Greece, as it does with many thousands of other artefacts every single year. Britain has always said these treasures should stay here where they’re safe; an argument that’s become a lot less sturdy since the museum admitted it has lost more than 2,000 treasures worth several million pounds.

"Now it’s becoming a full-throttle diplomatic spat after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled a meeting with his Greek counterpart at the last minute.

"That seemed like a pretty petty attempt to pander to his base, and not a good look for Britain.

"Greece is an ally. A friend! They gave us feta cheese, olive oil and Stavros Flatley.

"It’s time we lost our marbles in return."

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