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You Don’t Indict A Country…Unless It’s Britain 27 November 2006

Posted by David in Labour, Political Correctness Gone Mad.

Over at The Times they are reporting Blair’s apology sorrow for slavery and the slave trade. But – as expected – it’s not enough for “campaigners”. Or rather some rather hypocritical campaigners. What I want to know is where they get time to do this “campaigning”, have they nothing better to do?

Esther Stanford, from the campaign group Rendezvous of Victory, told the Today programme: “This statement does not go far enough. To repair harm we are talking about educational reparations, financial reparations, family and cultural reparations. If you don’t deal with this now it’s tentamount to saying that you can commit crimes against humanity.”

Ms Stanford “most definately” agreed with legal compensation, but not from families of African leaders who were involved in organising the slave trade. “You don’t indict a whole country of Africa for the excesses of a few people who were forced to partake,” she said.

No, instead you indict the whole 21st Century United Kingdom for the excesses of a few 18th Century colonialists. Basically you don’t indict a whole country, unless it’s Britain, which was one of the first to ban slavery and put much effort into stopping it.

At least she accepts some African leaders were involved, even though she believes they were forced to do so. Some such as Benjamin Zephaniah don’t even accept that, believing the whole World lived in lovely free harmony until evil Britain turned up. He should check Wikipedia on ancient slavery, noting Anglo-Saxons taken as slaves by Vikings.

The age of apology is going crazy. We are not responsible for the wrongs of past individuals!

Worth reading: African_Slave_Trade which states “trade in slaves has carried on for thousands of years in Africa. Despite its illegality, the African slave trade continues today in parts of the continent” and later “the power of the Royal Navy was subsequently used to suppress the slave trade, and while some illegal trade, mostly with Brazil, continued, the Atlantic slave trade would be eradicated by the middle of the 19th century. “



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