The slave trade was good for the Drax family. Through it they amassed a huge fortune. Inherited by Richard Drax, MP, he is now one of the richest people in the UK. When slavery was abolished his family was compensated to the tune of £51.5 million in today’s money. British taxpayers only finished paying off these debts to slave owners in 2015. And as an MP Drax picks up a parliamentary salary of £82,000 – paid for by British taxpayers.
Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the 20-state Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Reparations Commission and vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, estimates that as many 30,000 slaves died on the Drax plantations in Barbados and Jamaica over 200 years. The Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Reparations Commission described the Drax Hall plantation as a “killing field” and a “crime scene”.
Kier Starmer (in)famously took the knee, but he has remained strangely silent about this MP who sits on the opposite side of the House.