The Radio 4 Today programme this morning had Max Hastings and the London Mayor’s Director of Equalities and Policing, Lee Jasper, “debating” the notion of apologising for slavery this morning. Jasper was arguing for an institutional apology for slavery and Max Hastings was not. Hastings said:
Ken Livingstone and the Mayor of London’s office are playing their usual political games. Political flatulence at the council taxpayers’ expense.
Quite so. Jasper’s salary was Â£117,882 last year.
The British state does not need to apologise for inventing the institutions that destroyed slavery, the British Parliament and the British Navy. Doh!