Tony Blair: mealy-mouthed non-apology for old slavery; doing nothing against new slavery

Blair and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, cartoon

From British daily The Morning Star:

Slaves to the racists

(Friday 01 December 2006)

PRIME Minister Tony Blair‘s mealy-mouthed non-apology for Britain’s role in the slave trade on Monday drew a somewhat cynical response, from a wider range of subjects than his normal critics.

This was due partly to the fact that more people are waking up to the fact that one can trust Mr Blair and his statements about as far as one can comfortably spit out a rat, but also due to the fact that his “deep sorrow” for the slave trade did not extend so far as to suggest any form of restitution for the countries and people still affected by the poisonous legacy of imperialism.

With the publication of the Council of Europe’s damning verdict on 25 EU countries – including Britain – on Friday, it appears that there is still less reason to believe that our Prime Minister is serious about tackling slavery.

The human rights watchdog’s secretary-general, former Labour MP Terry Davis, has warned that slavery has returned to Europe, with barely a handful of states apparently bothered.

“Every year hundreds of thousands of human beings, mostly women and young girls, are bought and sold in Europe,” said Mr Davis.

“The politically correct terminology for this outrage is trafficking in human beings, but the fact is that slavery is back in Europe and that our governments are not doing enough to fight it.”

Slavery in Latin America today: here.

3 thoughts on “Tony Blair: mealy-mouthed non-apology for old slavery; doing nothing against new slavery

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  2. May 7, 2005

    New museum highlights town’s role in slavery fight

    Abolitionist movement found a strong voice in Peterboro, N.Y.

    Associated Press


    The first five people inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame, chosen by a panel of 33 abolition scholars and historians:

    • Frederick Douglass: Born a slave in Maryland; became internationally known as a respected speaker and writer; owned The North Star newspaper in Rochester, N.Y.

    • William Lloyd Garrison: Led the moral crusade for abolition of slavery; published The Liberator, an abolition newspaper, from 1831 to 1866; established the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833.

    • Lucretia Mott: A Quaker who organized anti-slavery groups; was a tireless reformer for women’s rights.

    • Gerrit Smith: Led the political crusade for abolition of slavery; sent agents South to purchase freedom for families; established manual labor schools for young black males; gave away 130,000 acres to black male Americans.


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