Especially given its size, most people would likely agree that Britain has been incredibly successful. It has produced some of the world’s greatest scientists, engineers, inventors, explorers, writers, musicians and artists. It has been in the forefront on issues such as freedom of speech, human rights and the rule of law.
However, extremist left-wing groups in at least two former colonies have claimed it has spoiled its reputation by committing genocide during its period of colonisation.
Many of Australia’s extremist indigenous activists such as Thomas Mayo, Lidia Thorpe, Megan Davis and Marcia Langton have all claimed that Britain committed genocide in Australia during its early settlement days.
Moreover, in Lidia Thorpe’s case, she even appears to believe that our current government is still committing genocide!
And over the ditch in New Zealand the extreme left-wing Te Pati Maori party – who are supported by the International Socialist Organisation – have already commenced public rallies against the very recently elected centre-right government.
They are opposed to swearing allegiance to NZ’s head of state King Charles III. They see this as “symbolic of the colonial power” and the “constraints placed on Maori MPs.”
“Maori owe no allegiance to the ‘genocidal legacy’ of the British Empire” they said.
In other words, to be guilty of genocide there has to be proven intent to destroy the population of a nation or group.
That is the current situation, of course, in relation to Hamas’ and some Palestinians’ demands for the annihilation of Israel and its Jewish population. “From the river to the sea” is their slogan, which refers geographically to the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
So, the question is, were Indigenous Australians and NZ Maori people ever targeted for annihilation by British and other settlers?
When you study the demographics, it appears that Australia’s indigenous population has grown from an estimated 350,000 – 500,000 in 1820 to approximately one million today.
Similarly, the Maori population in New Zealand has increased from approximately 90,000 when the Pakeha (white) settlers first arrived to 900,000 today.
The Maori people were the first migrants to New Zealand – beginning to arrive between AD1250-1300. They remained the largest ethnic group until the 1860s despite exposure to new infectious diseases inadvertently brought in by the new settlers.
The Maori population then began to grow from the late 1890s and has maintained an upward trend. This was largely due to western medicine/medical care and improved living standards that created an improvement in mortality rates together with relatively high fertility rates.
Given these increases in population since British and other settlers arrived in both countries, what can explain this obvious dichotomy between what these activists claim and the truth?
Were the British colonisers just totally inept and couldn’t even implement what would have been a relatively simple act of genocide …… or could it be that the British didn’t actually commit, or even attempt to commit, genocide?
It’s highly unlikely that the radical left will ever accept the latter suggestion, but surely any sensible person looking at this issue would accept that may well be the reason.
And that would certainly align with the British government’s very strict instructions imposed initially on Captain James Cook and later on NSW Governor Arthur Phillip to treat indigenous people with the “utmost respect and dignity.”
But for those still not convinced, perhaps they should ask themselves why the vast majority of Britain’s former colonies have maintained a close relationship with Great Britain via the Commonwealth of Nations?
If the British had been clearly set on genocide, wouldn’t you think that these former colonies would want nothing to do with them once they had achieved independence?
The Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth) is a voluntary association of 56 independent countries spread over every continent and ocean. All 56 have close historical links with Britain and most were former colonies.
Its over 2.5 billion people, who account for almost one third of the world’s population, are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe and the Pacific.
They are of many faiths, races, languages and cultures.
The Commonwealth promotes peace and international co-operation, democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and the improvement of lives through economic and social development.
These values and aspirations are described in the Charter of the Commonwealth. The Charter expresses the commitment of member countries to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all Commonwealth people.
It should be clear to all but the mentally deranged that Britain never had any intention whatsoever of committing genocide in any of its colonies.
Activists in Australia and New Zealand who continue to claim victimhood based on false claims of genocide are either simply ignorant or purposely lying. By doing so, they are alienating the remainder of the population in both countries.
The sooner they stop, the better it will be for all concerned – including themselves!