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Slave Labour

There was a time when abolishing slavery was the sort of cause that attracted the kind of people who know believe they have the right to penalize working people by preventing them getting to work in the name of curbing global warming. A generation ago they were sending bombs to medical researchers in an attempt to kill those who believed that it was necessary to experiment on animals. The thing about abolishing slavery was that they were going after the low hanging fruit. The British slave owners in the West Indies felt ill-used. When times were tough they were saddled with a lot of barely productive workers who needed fed and housed. In Britain, bosses simply fired their workforce when hard times came around and cared not a jot if they starved to death. It's all well and good for Glasgow University to attempt to make amends for the funding it received from slave owners in the United States and West Indies. And it is indeed time that Scotland faced up to the role slavery played in its history. But did life for most people in the West Indies improve dramatically when they went from legal slavery to join working Scots in wage-slavery. Perhaps Glasgow University should do more to help the descendants of coal miners and salt-panners, the last slaves in Scotland. 


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