I hope some of you are watching this BBC1 three-part drama adapted from the book by Andrea Levy. She's a wonderful writer and there's an 'Imagine' documentary on Andrea Levy's work being aired on the BBC at 22.45 tonight. Her 'Small Island' was seminal. Watching 'The Long Song' I'm not ashamed of being a British white person but oh am I so thankful I'm not from that Empire class. The British Empire was in many parts thoroughly evil. We know the Dutch and the French and many other countries were also involved in the slave trade but I'm considering the shame we should feel is akin to that felt over the holocaust. Yes there are no descendants of mine who were slave owners. No vicars who were slave owners, no Mrs Smith or Jones from Acacia Avenue with shares in slaves.