Times Report – Liverpool University should listen to Dr.David Jeffrey – one of their own lecturers in politics – on Gladstone’s denunciation of slavery and show less historical illiteracy and a foolish desire to join the cancel culture. Link to audio of my Liverpool John Moores Lecture on the life and achievements of Gladstone

May 5, 2021 | Featured

The Times May 4th 2021 – Gladstone described the owning of slaves as “ the foulest crime” and abolition one of the greatest achievements of the period.

As Liverpool University foolishly removes Gladstone’s name from a hall of residence it should study more carefully the story of a man who became Prime Minister four times and who renounced his family’s involvement in the slave trade. Expunging extracts of history that you don’t like, without telling the whole story, diminishes an academic institution and the remarkable achievements of one of Liverpool’s greatest citizens.

Liverpool John Moore’s University Roscoe Lecture on the life and times of William Gladstone:



Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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