|Abolition of Slavery||Reducing Road Use and Air Traffic|
|Slaves are not really badly treated.||Driving my car doesn't do any harm. And in any case, it's not certain that climate change is man-made.|
|If you continue the debate about abolition you will repeat the Haiti slave revolt in Jamaica (a British colony of the time).||You will just upset the drivers if you tell people to change their behaviour.|
|What else would Wilberforce abolish: theatres, dancing, fun, etc.?||They'll be wanting us all to wear hair shirts next.|
|If the slave trade is abhorrent to God, why does the Church of England own sugar plantations?||"Show me a climate change activist and I'll show you a hypocrite" [Daily Mail, March 2007]|
|Slavery has been in existence for thousands of years.||We've been using cars for ages without problem.|
|Cultivation of sugar and cotton 'raises' the negroes.||The developing countries have a right to what we enjoy.|
|Wilberforce would throw negroes back into barbarism.||They just want to prevent developing countries developing.|
|There would be a £7 million loss to the British economy (a million those days, 1807, was huge)||Any restriction on road use or on air travel would damage our economy.|
|Great cities like Liverpool would be ruined.||We must have the fifth terminal at Heathrow so that it can be a hub airport like Amsterdam and Paris.|
|The trade, with all its wealth, would be taken to France.||If we don't produce things, then they'll just be produced in China? And does not China built a coal-fired power station every week?|
Since hearing the above, I have read Eric Metaxas' book Amazing Grace about the life and work of William Wilberforce. There are many more parallels between the two situations than those excuses above. I have tabulated quite a number of these.
Andrew Basden 2007. Written on the Amiga with Protext.
Created: 25 March 2007. Last updated: 24 May 2007 link to like.slavery. 17 August 2014 dealt with all '../../'.