I’m really not sure what prompted Blair to do this, but maybe John Howard will think apologising is cool now and say ‘sorry‘.
“Prime Minister Tony Blair has voiced his “deep sorrow” over Britain’s role in the slave trade on Monday – a trade that helped Britain become one of the world’s greatest powers in the 17th and 18th centuries.”
Until I went to Waterford, Ireland, recently I had no idea Cromwell made Irish Catholics into slaves so it’s interesting to see it mentioned here:
“The slaves included not only Africans but men arrested after a Royalist uprising in the West Country in 1655, and Irish Catholics captured by Oliver Cromwell.” BBC