Why must we pay out for something that was legal?

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It seems that we now live in a world where everyone wants compensation.

It’s not very often, if ever, that I agree with ‘Posh’ Dave but on the subject of slavery, I certainly do.

Wasn’t it Hull politician, William Wilberforce, that helped to end slavery with The Abolition Act of 1833, which came into force in 1834?

More importantly up to that time slavery was legal.

So why would anybody pay compensation for something that was lawful?

‘Posh’ Dave has called for Jamaica and the UK to “move on” from the deep wounds caused by slavery but ducked official calls for Britain to apologise for its role or pay reparations.

Further, what about the USA?

Speaking to the Caribbean country’s parliament, ‘Posh’ Dave struck a defiant note as he spoke of his pride that Britain had played a part in abolishing the “abhorrent” trade, without highlighting its historic involvement in the transfer of slaves from west Africa and ownership of slaves in the Caribbean.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74