The Saturday Paper

King of truth


The British have bathed their empire in a golden glow but, as the voices of the colonised become increasing­ly vocal here and elsewhere, this glow is fading. Charles III has inherited the legacy of the empire. As Tom Keneally observes (“King tide”, September 17-23), he may not accept being a monarch of “no edges” as his mother was. He could become the king who encourages truth-telling across Britain’s former colonies, who helps bring to light the pain that so many suffered under British rule, and who apologises on behalf of his forebears. We can only hope.

– Chris Young, Surrey Hills, Vic

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