For a man so steeped in appalling acts that he should have crawled away and died of shame by now, Kofi Annan certainly looks a good deal happier than he should, and he's still opening his fucking trap far more than he should too.
Bold investment in poverty relief in Africa is needed to heal the wounds caused by slavery, former United Nations chief Kofi Annan has said.
The ex-secretary general told the joint Houses of Parliament that hardly any region of the world escaped the slave trade's historical "stain".
Can you guess what the grinning bastard thinks might make everything OK? Go on...
But investment would help "turn the page", he said in an address marking the bicentenary of slavery's abolition.
That's right! Pouring more cash into the black hole that is Africa will, in fact, help wash that stain away. Well, wasn't that a surprise?
Mr Annan described slavery as "an abominable practice taken to its most abominable extreme" and said the question should be asked why the trade was "tolerated for so long" in Britain.
Perhaps Mr Annan would like to ask, more pertinently, why it was tolerated for far longer in the US, Portugal, France, Belgium, etc. But then I suppose that he is addressing our Parliament rather than theirs.
Although, of course, he might wish to thank Britain for spending more money stamping out slavery than it actually made from the trade.
Many Africans believed they had still not been compensated for the damage caused by slavery, he said.
But since their leaders were willing participants in that trade, then it must be true that the African leaders of the time—or, rather, their descendants—are liable to pay reparations too.
Quite apart from that, the British are less wealthy now than we were because we fought slavery. So, as Timmy points out, there are reparations due to us too.
We must pay reparations because our forefathers profited from the slave trade. However, our slightly more recent forefathers paid quite heavily to suppress the slave trade. Indeed, they paid more to suppress it than did the earlier group profit from it. And whom did this expenditure benefit? Clearly, if slavery is a harm, one that must be compensated for, then the benefit accrues to those who were not enslaved, as a result of said actions. So the harms suffered by 19th century Britain (greater, as we note, than those gains accruing to 18th century Britain) should be compensated by payment of reparations from the descendants of West Africans who were not transported.
Which would be, roughly speaking (as roughly speaking as we current Britons are responsible for the 18th century depredations), the current inhabitants of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria etc. etc.
And as we note, those reparations should be higher than the "Big Claim". Let's call it a round £ 10 trillion shall we? Good. So, when that's handed over then we'll take our cut, the impoverishment we suffer in the present because our forefathers, instead of investing in industry, educating the illiterate or building the productive resources of the nation, instead, decided to spend the gelt sweated from the labours of the nation on suppressing a vile barbarity, and then pass on the £7.5 trillion to the descendants of those who were indeed enslaved.
Quite; where's my cheque?
Now, you might argue that this is a stupid claim to make, that the Africans should not owe the British any money but, as we bloggers have pointed out many times, if you are going to use an argument as stupid as slavery reparations in order to try to balckmail countries into pouring yet more money into Africa's gaping maw, then you must expect to be countered with equally fatuous arguments.
And with Africa likely to be the only region of the world to not achieve the majority of the UN's Millennium Development Goals by 2015, he said the damage could best be addressed through investment in poverty relief.
I see. And why is it that resource-rich Africa is the only region in the world not to achieve these goals? Could the appalling governance be anything to do with it? After all, that continent has had the equivalent (as I recall) of four Marshall Plans poured into it in the last forty or so years, and yet one sometimes feels as though the whole damn continent is regressing.
But then perhaps it's just that I've just been reading too many news reports from Zimbabwe. And Sudan. Oh, and Somalia. And Chad, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Er...
But it is with this little paypacket that that bastard Annan really boiled my fucking goat.
However, with thousands of women and children being sold and exploited globally every day, slavery still existed, he warned.
Many were "working in mines, sweatshops, brothels and plantations, trapped by debt and violence," he said.
"Slavery cannot be relegated to the annals of history so long as men, women and children are still being coerced, drugged, tricked, and sold to do dangerous and degrading work against their will."
Well, Kofi Annan, as the recently departed head of the UN, would know all about that, wouldn't he? After all, UN peacekeepers have been heading off allegations of their officials running child prostitution rings and sex-for-food scandals for years.
This cunt has presided over this; this grinning jackanapes has sat at the head of the UN, embroiled in his own scandals, whilst his troops sell and fuck anything that moves (and the younger and more vulnerable the better, as far as I can tell) and this bastard presumes to come and lecture us on such things.
That he should do so only a short time after the UN has had to pass a resolution reaffirming that there should be zero-tolerance for kiddie-fiddling and pimping. Croydonian put it very brusquely.
The organisation that has to pass resolutions showing it knows right from wrong
..."Addressing its comprehensive review of a strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in United Nations peacekeeping operations, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) recommended this afternoon that the General Assembly reaffirm the need to implement a zero-tolerance policy towards such behaviour, and to assist victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by the Organization’s staff or related personnel".
It is beyond shameful that it has to do this.
Beyond shameful is right but it's more than Annan did. So what the fuck? How fucking dare he come here and lecture us on slavery and corruption?
Of course Annan knows that there is still slavery in the world: he was head of one of the main organisations involved in carrying out and promoting it.
Addressing the joint Houses of Parliament is considered an honour.
Is that so? Well, no honour accrues to our Parliamentarians by being addressed by such a fucking corrupt, morally-bankrupt little demon. Did no MP or Lord have the courage to walk out of that room in disgust?
I would have. But only after reminding everyone in that room of Kofi's crimes. That man should not be in the Mother of All Parliaments, he should be in the dock.
By their friends shall ye know them...