The British Empire’s slave-trading enemies
sir – I trust that when Jeremy Corbyn designs the syllabus to teach children the grave injustices of Britain’s role in the slave trade (report, October 11), he includes the broader picture of the North Africans who raided and captured their neighbours to enslave them. Edward Baker
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
sir – Mr Corbyn seeks a curriculum that will teach, or indoctrinate, children on the “evils of empire” – presumably the British Empire.
Will he also be calling for time focusing on the evils of the Soviet empire which, under the Communist party, slaughtered many millions and enslaved large parts of Eastern Europe? Will the new Chinese empire, which is being built, also be a subject?
sir – In addition to teaching pupils about the injustices of the British Empire, I hope our education system will also acknowledge the massive achievement of our small nation in acquiring this empire and in sowing the seeds of parliamentary democracy far and wide, not always with the success desired.
It would be apposite to inform pupils about the enormous failures of Marxist communism. George Orwell’s Animal Farm as required reading would also be a good idea. John Kellie
The ensign of HMS Impregnable, active against the slave-trading Dey of Algiers in 1816