Of course we are not responsible for our ancestry, can’t help who we are born to, have some pity for Ivanka for example. But in a class ridden country such as ours our ancestry is used to reinforce the class system. One of the most egregious features of a class system has been slavery. Slavery was also one of the main drivers of the expansion of the British Empire.
A pioneer of the exploitation of the West Indies and the slave trade was one James Drax: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Drax
There is a powerful argument that colonial slavery shaped modern Britain and we are still living with it’s legacies.
One of the agreements needed to facilitate the abolition of slavery in the 19th century was compensation for the slave owners and the Drax family were handsomely compensated: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-21591814
The primary reason for the Drax family wealth is slavery and whenever he is asked about his family’s history he is very defensive such as the following example: “I can’t answer for something that happened so long ago. It was embedded in our culture and thank heavens, this atrocious trade was ended.” Bit of truth and reconciliation needed maybe?
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.