Can anyone say Scotland shouldn’t be independent with this shower in charge? But a Tory MP was joking approvingly about slavery
Tory MP Lucy Frazer made a Commons speech in which she spoke glowingly of Oliver Cromwell for defeating the Scots, forcing Scotland into a ‘protectorate’ – and transporting Scots as slaves ‘to the colonies’.
As other Tory MPs – including government front-benchers – chuckled at her ‘wit’, she quipped ‘Now there’s an answer to the West Lothian question’ – the debate over the issue of which MPs should be allowed to vote on so-called ‘England only’ questions:
Ms Frazer subsequently apologised after complaints from outraged Scots – and who could now blame or deny those who wish to be independent from government by such a party? As well as the horrors he visited on the Scots, Cromwell massacred prisoners in Ireland – calling it a “righteous judgment of God upon these barbarous wretches” – and persecuted Catholics.
But a Tory MP was praising a slaver, in Parliament.
To give the merest idea of its horror, here is a contemporary plan of how slaves were packed into vessels for transportation ‘to the colonies’. Around a quarter died in the voyage and often more:
An apology could never be enough.
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