Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave. (See Wikipedia for full article, here)
But in the view and opinion of Dr Eoin Clarke, Founder of labour Left and Editor of the Red Book and The Green Benches , Slavery is actually citizens of the United Kingdom VOLUNTEERING to provide their time and energy at the many public events being held this year 2012. Although I would have thought that with his Phd, he must have needed to do quite a bit of research to receive that, one of the highest academic honours, and of course DIAMOND JUBILEE, has almost become a staple of the daily lexicon over recent weeks, so one would have thought that Dr Clarke would have known and edited the blog by Labour MP Grahame Morris, that this is actually the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and not her Silver one as mentioned in his Blog'
This month represents the beginning of a bonanza of summer events across Britain that will excite and unify millions of people, whilst at the same time many will be forced to look on in dread. Either way the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, England playing in Euro 2012 and the London Olympics will propel the notion of our ‘national pride’ to the top of the media agenda. Whether people feel British, English, European or perhaps have more affinity with their region, home town, local community or even street is a matter of personal identity.And this is what he stated this morning in a tweet in regard to Slavery;
@DrEoinClarkeI am unsurprised to discover that unemployed & unpaid slaves were bussed in to work for the Queen's Jubilee. That's how we roll in Tory UK.
@DrEoinClarkeI wonder how folk will react when we use bus loads of unpaid slaves (including many disabled) 2 work unpaid during our glorious UK Olympics?
For the record, again, I am a Republican and would gladly see an end to the Royal family, their extended family and the thousands of hangers on who lead a privlidged life but I bare no ill will to the people who are celebrating 'Their' Queens time as Monarch of our little set of islands and I hope that they all had a great time, even if the weather wan't perfect for them over the last few days.
And again, for the record. I think that the public funding of the Olympics is a national scandal, considering the state our economy is in and listening to all the horror stories about how much they Olympics are charging for tickets, the problems that are going to be created for Londoners and in other parts where events are taking place, is all a high price to pay, but:
No matter where and when this event, and others like them, take part in the world, to compare those, who unlike me, want to take part and help and assist, by VOLUNTEERING their services, to then compare them to people who have no choice, who were torn from family and country, chained, starved, brutalised, tortured and worked to death; is a bit of a stretch, even for a labour leftie.....
And for the record, again, I am not a member of any Political Party, just in case you were wondering..... And being Scottish I would still prefer the United Kingdom to be United and not broken up .... Proud to be a Scott Brit....