Many English people were sent to the plantations, as punishment, by the JPs of Bristol and Liverpool long before African slaves were imported, but if you are a decedent of one of those unfortunate souls, do not be expecting a cheque any time soon.
Labour MP Says WE ‘Must’ Pay Reparations for Slavery
Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler has said British businesses “must” pay reparations for slavery.
Delivering a foul-mouthed speech to a fractious party conference in which she advised members to “get our s**t together”, the Brent Central MP hailed the publicly-funded University of Glasgow’s decision to lavish tens of millions of pounds on a Glasgow-Caribbean Centre for Development Research — which will focus on “raising awareness” of various slavery-related grievance narratives — as a form of “restorative justice”.
“Where there is a will, there is a way, conference,” Butler declared.
“We’ve already seen the University of Glasgow make available £20 million in reparations — other banks and busineses must follow,” she added, announcing that her party would begin the process so-called “consultation hubs” in the cities of Liverpool, Bristol, Glasgow, and the capital of London.
British taxpayers only finished paying off the massive debts which the country took on to free all the slaves in the British Empire in the 1800s in 2015.
Britain’s Royal Navy also put down the West African slave trade internationally, at significant cost in money and lives, through the activities of its famous West Africa Squadron, as well as the much longer established North African slave trade which targeted European Christians — including Britons — and the Arab-led East African slave trade.
Large sums of money from Britain’s exorbitant foreign aid budget are also transferred to Carribean countries which were formerly home to British slave plantations each year, as well as African countries — a somewhat more dubious policy from the point of slavery justice, considering their inhabitants are often the descendants of the African slavers who were the original “owners” of an estimated 90 per cent of the men and women who ended up being taken to the New World.