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Lloyds of London apologises for former involvement in the slave trade - Opinion

Written by Bentley Cocker

Lloyds of London, which presents itself as a serious business, today took the idiotic step of apologising for its involvement in a morally repugnant - but completely legal - practice that occurred more than 200 years ago.

"We are sorry for the role played by the Lloyds Market in the 18th and 19th-century slave trade,"

it grimly announced on its website, drawing attention to the fact that its forefounders weren't the progressive-thinking Social Justice Warriors we'd all assumed them to be. "This was an appalling and shameful period..." it continued, reducing the Industrial Revolution to an embarrassing footnote of British History, "and we condemn the indefensible wrongdoing that occurred during this period," at once apologising on our behalf, for the antiquated world view of our great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents.

Other than raising the question why - if the practice of slavery was so inherently evil - Lloyds never took a stand at the time, it also prompts us to ask whether its statement had been issued as an expression of actual regret, or if it had been done to avoid having their windows put in by BLM.

Only time will tell. Until then, expect to see more famous companies issuing declarations decrying the past, casting shade on our forebears, and presenting themselves as the pot-smoking, banner-waving, CO2 bothering revolutionaries of the Liberal Left they so obviously aren't.

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