English exploit their history

I REFER to Ian Pringle’s reminder that we should value the useful things which were built by “invaders” such as the English (“Hail history, tear down corruption”, February 24).

This brings to mind the many invasions that the English have experienced, including Neanderthals, Celts, Romans, AngloSaxons, Vikings, Danes, Normans and a couple of sorties from north of the Border.

Rather than destroy any record of these incursions, they are delighted to preserve any evidence they might dig up, which they then turn into another tourist feature. This is typical of many countries and I hope we South Africans are mature enough to preserve the good and the bad of our past to show our visitors.

-Paul Leese, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

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