The Scottish Mail on Sunday

British history was not always horrible


Nish Kumar, who I am told is a comedian, should be careful of selectivel­y picking aspects of history and making judgments about them.

You reported last week that he hosted a Horrible Histories show that touched upon slavery and was criticised for being ‘antiBritis­h’. He airbrushes out the sacrifice of some 10,000 Royal Navy sailors who died suppressin­g the Atlantic slave trade in the 19th Century. It is easy to pick out mistakes with hindsight, but our nation, probably more than any other, has cause to be proud of what it has achieved. Admiral Lord West of Spithead, House of Lords

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