Under our monarchy, a deeply unequal world has flourished | Letters

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Afua Hirsch’s article explicitly describes the eternal damage created in the name of colonialism (It’s a Britain that has lost its queen – and the luxury of denying its past, September 13). I have seen firsthand the continuing horrors and cruelty of this situation in the 25 years that I have worked for the international trade union movement in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific islands.

The land was reclaimed to grow food for the west, so he got used to having cheap pineapples and mangoes all year round. Rubber and palm oil plantations in Malaysia have destroyed the soil and reduced the amount of land available for domestic agriculture. Mines have ruined people’s lives and created civil unrest in Papua New Guinea – the list is endless.

This globalized world of international trade controlled by the mega-rich and multinational corporations has created another form of slavery. Workers are paid a pittance to work in inhumane conditions, while families struggle to keep their children alive. We are cruelly letting these countries pay the price for climate change disasters and denying them affordable Covid vaccinations.

Despite all the good things Queen Elizabeth II has done for us, has she really created a “modern world” where all people – not just white people – can live in a world of justice, fairness and justice? equality? I do not think so.
jennifer luck
London

Afua Hirsch writes eloquently about the silence of voices reminding us of the violence of empire. There is also a silence on the current reality of the place of the British monarchy in the rest of the world. Much is done in the wall to wall coverage of the late Queen’s life of her devotion to the Commonwealth but I have yet to hear it made clear that of the 56 member nations of the Commonwealth the British monarch is currently the leader of State. barely 15, and that this number will not fail to decrease further. Perhaps this is considered too uncomfortable a truth.
Chris Sinha
Norwich

Afua Hirsch’s excellent article reminded me how lucky I was growing up in Canada. As Afua was indoctrinated into a life of “deference and admiration” for the monarch, I was free to turn my back as the cavalcade led by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip passed our home in St John’s, Newfoundland, late 1950s. No police involved. No neighbors or friends gave me the cold shoulder and my Canadian/Scottish parents respected my beliefs. But I won’t do that on Monday in central London. Who wants to be beaten to the ground, or worse, by a mourning, censored crowd and government-sanctioned police to stamp out any protest?
Jackie Robertson
London

Afua Hirsh writes that the trauma of colonization is not remembered with one voice. He is often not remembered at all. I feel like I live in a country where there is a culture of willful ignorance of Britain’s colonial past. I am German by birth. The contrast in how the two countries deal with their cruel and racist histories couldn’t be starker. In my family, we talked about Nazi Germany and the roles played by family members. This openness is essential to help connect the history books to lived experience and how we are all part of our country’s history. You can’t undo history. But we can stop ignoring it on purpose.
Sonja Jutte
London

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