On reparations, British PM adds insult to injury

By PAT WATSON

When people owe you money and are not willing to pay for what they so eagerly took from you, it is a short distance for them to make the person owed into some kind of unworthy individual. That justification of convenience serves to relieve the person who owes from the burden of his responsibility to pay.

Of course, it is faulty thinking. A debt is a debt, and the person owing has a responsibility to square the circle. Running from that responsibility is not the right answer. In fact, it is dishonorable.

And, you’d better not tell the person you owe to get over it. Or, as England’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, said before Jamaica’s Parliament recently in response to the growing call for reparations and apology for Britain’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, “Move on.”

That is not going to work.

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