Slavery

Cambridge’s slavery inquiry will raise more questions than it answers

1 May 2019 12:31

Can the past hold the present to ransom? Can we be culpable for our predecessors’ actions? Knotty questions of this kind…

What the papers say: The uncomfortable truths about the grooming gangs

11 August 2017 8:38

Modern slavery is affecting every town and city in Britain, according to the National Crime Agency. Despite William Wilberforce saying…

Lily Allen has weighed into the row over Jeremy Hunt's comments about abortion. Picture: Getty

The problem with Brexit Britain? Slavery, says Lily Allen

17 January 2017 17:01

Today Theresa May revealed her plan for ‘a global Britain’ in a speech at Lancaster House. While her words were…

No, Britain doesn’t need to pay reparations for the slave trade

30 September 2015 16:27

A Jamaican official has called on David Cameron to ‘personally atone’ for the slave trade, and especially for his ancestors’…

Sorry, Shashi Tharoor, but Britain doesn’t owe India any reparations

5 August 2015 15:49

As one of a parade of speakers debating the British empire at the Oxford Union, Shashi Tharoor cannot have expected…

Deborah Ross’s top five films of 2014

23 December 2014 14:55

1. Mr Turner Mike Leigh’s infinitely superior biopic starring a sublime, if grunty, Timothy Spall. 2. 12 Years A Slave…

Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament.…

Here’s why we should save the Wedgwood Museum

3 September 2014 10:48

A public appeal has been launched to save the Wedgwood Museum pottery collection, which is being sold to pay off…

The Afghans found in Tilbury Docks remind us that slavery is back in Britain

18 August 2014 9:43

How seriously should we take modern slavery? To some, the very phrase sounds hysterical: slave markets are seen as something…

Give Steve McQueen a Nobel prize not an Oscar

20 February 2014 7:30

Film critic Armond White has been booted out of the New York Film Critics Circle. Officially it was for heckling…

Did slavery never go away?

22 November 2013 9:22

There is blanket media coverage of ‘London’s shame’ – the news of the escape of three women who had been…

A historic opportunity for Britain to put an end to modern-day slavery

17 October 2013 13:48

Last year I met Ben, a British man who’d been made homeless and had been living on the streets. Collecting…

It’s time to end slavery in Britain – again

23 August 2013 15:31

Today is the United Nations day for he Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition – and the school packs…

Modern slavery: it happens here

11 March 2013 10:01

Slowly but surely, British court cases are revealing a once great nation of abolitionists to be a shadow of its…

Dirty, ugly things

13 July 2012 17:30

Sometimes fiction can be more accurate than published facts. Ten years ago a film, Dirty Pretty Things, told about the…

The Strange Case of Woodrow Wilson

13 October 2010 2:30

Contra Jill Lepore in the New York Times, you don’t need to watch Glenn Beck to dislike Woodrow Wilson. Nor…

Apart from the Slavery, the Peasantry was Free, You Know…

28 February 2010 22:37

More on this essay on American exceptionalism in due course, but first Conor Friedersdorf: In a post on President Obama…