Eh, Manc-epation!

Well thank heavens for that:

I’m delighted the University of Manchester has finally gone slave-free. I couldn’t sleep most nights when I was there due to the singing, clanking of chains, and the crack of the whip. The gladiator fights were to die for, though.

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10 thoughts on “Eh, Manc-epation!

  1. I guess they don’t have PhD students, or they are eliminating their PhD programs.

    Or perhaps, they consider PhD students to be indentured servants, rather than slaves proper.

  2. “working to promote a zero tolerance approach to the practice in our supply chains. ”

    I love those aspirational quotes that begin “working towards…”. It shows that you can safely ignore the rest of the sentence because it is a mere exercise in vacuous virtue-signalling.

  3. The virtue signalling starts with the MSA legislation so it’s unsurprising if the organisations complying with it seem to be making lip service.

    I’ve written about it over at my place (https://www.williamofockham.com/2018/01/23/modern-slavery-same-old-stupidity/). Put simply, the MSA legislation doesn’t achieve anything tangible, and in fact, is so unlikely to that it might be thought to have been designed that way.

    As with all Marxists, they’ve redefined the language. “Slavery” has been expanded to include distasteful and exploitative practices. The problem is, depending on circumstances, these might be the least worst option.

    A father may be faced with the terrible choices of infanticide, selling a daughter into child prostitution or sending her to work in a clothing factory. The MSA act removes that last option.

    Obviously, I’m not saying child labour is at all desirable, but we’d need to know what is going to happen if we concentrate our efforts on removing it.

  4. Manchester, England — once known as Cottonopolis, where Englishmen grew rich building factories which turned imported raw cotton into cloth. Some of them were great guys, real Abolitionists, working hard to end England’s long involvement in the African slave trade.

    Of course, once England got out of the slave business in the early 1800s, the magnates of Manchester still relied for their wealth on imported raw cotton … produced by slave labor. They fought against any attempts to ban the importation of slave-produced commodities. Manchester U. should check its endowments.

    Eric Williams, later Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, wrote a book about the role of slavery in driving the Industrial Revolution — “Capitalism and Slavery” (1943), including a discussion of the Manchester lads. Well worth a read.

    Hopefully, Manchester U. can now focus its attention on saving the dinosaurs.

  5. Us lovely scousers built the Confederate raiding ships and hosted the Confederate ’embassy’. Until recently the confederate history here was commemorated by several plaques and the rather flashy grave of the ‘ ambassador’ was on the tourist trail, not so sure now though but I’m happy to keep the flag flying.

  6. Longmuir–American leftist cockrot from well off bellies-hanging-over-their-pants-thanks-to-free-markets American leftists.

    What were the owners supposed to do? Go out of business to virtue signal knowing that the trade they threw away would be taken up elsewhere by others without even a “ta very much”? Slavery was defeated and abolished and the factories still kept going. The campaigns by those owners–paid for by their businesses profits–doubtless played a part in the Western world’s turn against an ancient evil. Which in all history only WE– wicked whites–actually abolished .

    No doubt you would have put yourself out on the street to save those poor slaves. Noble fellow that you are.

    As for the Trinidad character–were we such monsters he would still have been working in the fields with the lash on his back–not having a cosy life as a political porker with time for peddling leftist crap.

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