Well, yes, OK

Put our colonial history on the curriculum – then we’ll understand who we really are
Maya Goodfellow

Sure, why not?

My mum came to the UK from India in 1973, after a chunk of time spent in Uganda, when she was only 13.

Oh, you mean we should learn your colonial history. Why?

23 thoughts on “Well, yes, OK”

  1. “We” were colonised by Neolithic people (origin: modern Turkey), then Bronze Age people (origin Ukraine/Russia), then Romans (origin Italy and the many other territories they had conquered), then Germans and Irish, then Danes/Norse, then “Normans” (including Bretons, Flemings, …), then eventually Dutchmen in 1688. But there were so few of the latter that you can ignore ’em and anyway large parts of the population welcomed them.

    After The War we were colonised by all sorts, almost entirely against the wishes of the contemporary population as far as I can see. However one possible exception is the journalist’s Mum; it may be that there were a good few people who thought it better to admit the Ugandan Asians than to leave them to the mercy of … how shall I put it? … fellow third-worlders.

  2. Would love to know whether the British state should take stick or credit for the indian diaspora being somewhere other than india.

  3. Insofar as history lessons ought to be about not repeating past mistakes, we should perhaps spend more time on Uganda ‘73 and less time on Henry VIII.

  4. The identification of Ugandan Indians with the oppressed post colonial migrants into the UK is troublesome isn`t it ? They were not slaves, they were colonial civil servants and business people kicked out Uganda by the blacks .They generally occupy a higher social class than most of us having befitted from the Empire and been welcomed into the UK .
    They have been a great addition to the mix overall but ye gods the whining

  5. Ah the Windrush scandal! The encouragement of large scale immigration overwhelmingly against the wishes of the British people to suppress the wages of the lower paid.
    Oh, not that Windrush scandal…

  6. Newmania – I sort of like the guy. Yes, he was an incredibly violent psychopath, but a charismatic one and he looked good in a kilt.

    It’s interesting that allowing Uganda’s Asians to move here doesn’t seem to have bought us any great affection or gratitude. The market for brown female wokescolds attempting to hector and lecture the people who gave them electricity and indoor toilets is a crowded one.

  7. Like I said yesterday, if she doesn’t like it here she is entirely welcome to fuck off somewhere else.

  8. Philippians 3:13, NASB: “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,”

    Dwelling on the past accomplishes nothing, except producing feelings of guilt in whites with an 8 year old’s intellect.

  9. Theo – “I know a good one…” doesn’t make any difference in the aggregate unforts. Much as I admire the fragrant and flirty Ms Patel.

  10. “[L]egacies of colonialism, extractive capitalist economies and racialised hierarchies of power produce poverty…”

    Because of course no-one was poor before the colonial era, and especially not in India.

  11. @dearieme December 6, 2019 at 10:56 am

    then eventually Dutchmen in 1688. But there were so few of the latter that you can ignore ’em and anyway large parts of the population welcomed them

    Oi, I’m from Dutch 1688 lineage, ignore me and …. we know where you live ; )

  12. This is the real meat:

    “…and chip away at the idea that this was ever an exclusively “white” country.”

    They want to expand the definition of British to include all 7 billion people.

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