As a Bristol Boy I have no claim on even a tiny sod from the smallest molehill on the lowest foothill of the moral high ground when it comes to slavery, Oldgit. But in discussing Race with students I have (so far) always managed to steer very close to the rocks without doing a Capitano Schettino circus number. (I do share a surname with the Captain of the Titanic who as you all know was called William Sainsbury-Marjoribanks-Thistlethwaite, 'S-M-T' to his underlings in the engine room) Oldgit, you must be aware that there exist historians, not all of them 'Trots' by any means, who are cynical enough to believe that once we Brits lost our colonies on the American subtropical mainland, and our Caribbean islands thus became strategic but unprofitable, we pulled the plug on slavery doggy-style (dog in the manger, you understand) so that if we couldn't make profit out of the vile trade, then, by Harry and Saint George, neither would Yankee Doodle, Pedroo Portogee, Dirk van Dutchdijk or any other competitor. At least we put the measure through parliament and it didn't cost us 600,000 corpses as it did our bellicose transatlantic descendants when they got around to the project many years later. A sensitive topic, but one to handle carefully, not run away from. Next ?