The Bri­tish Em­pire’s slave-trad­ing en­e­mies

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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?

Stu­art Wal­lace

Teign­mouth, Devon

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

Pyr­ford, Sur­rey

The en­sign of HMS Im­preg­nable, ac­tive against the slave-trad­ing Dey of Al­giers in 1816

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