The Curmudgeon

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Too Much Black and Not Enough British

Having once supported the creation of a Hyde Park monument to the victims of Britain's slave trade, perhaps because he was unaware that the victims were largely non-white, Boris Johnson has unsurprisingly decided not to bother after all. Her Majesty's Government is happy to sponsor memorials to the world wars because rah rah, and to the Holocaust because look what the beastly foreigners did, and to the Srebrenica massacre because both of the above; Her Majesty's Government is equally happy to make pious noises about modern-day slavery because it conflates so conveniently with migrant hordes and swarming cockroaches; but a statue memorialising the Atlantic human resources transfer might clash with all our other statues of those great Britons who profited from it. A spokesbeing suggested that anyone with an interest in such obscure by-ways of ancient history might care to pay a visit to the provinces, where genuine British values tend to be a little more dilute.

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