Heh. It's complicated. Actually you first abolished slavery in 1794, but somehow saw fit to revoke that in 1802, and didn't get round to doing the right thing for some 46 years thereafter, in 1848.
We, on the other hand, had the job jobbed in 1833, after we'd made a shit-load of money out of it. Obviously an obscene amount of compensation was paid out of public funds to the dispossessed slave owners; that's just the good old British sense of fair play in all-round action for you. Except Chicken George didn't get dick.
But the most revolting lie that the 'travelling community' whips out of its saddle bag on occasions like this is that they are somehow 'at one' with the Roma, living outside the boundaries of society, etc, etc, so that's alright then.
The Roma were persecuted by the Nazis. They were shot on sight because they caused too much trouble when attempts were made to round them up. It was cheaper in terms of blood and treasure to shoot them on sight. So they did.
Even in death, they are outsiders. If you visit Oswiciem, you'll have to look hard to find their rather pitiful memorial, hurled way away from the rest, outside the hut reserved for the very few compliant ones who made it as far as Birkenau.
It now seems that the 'travellers' are happy to treat other people like untermensch and bung them in a concentration camp, while at the same time claiming the false mantle of the downtrodden Roma in order to receive sympathy and, of course, benefits.
The only Amon Goeth here is the one living in the posh caravan, diddling on his diddly thing.
All they are is bogtrotters who live in a caravan and shit in a bucket but this is enough to classify them as an ethnic group, which gives them the right to keep slaves, help themselves to any of your property that they like the look of, not pay any taxes and generally ignore any law that doesn't suit them - except for the Human Rights Act, for when they're being oppressed by people who expect them to obey the same laws as everybody else. Diddly-dee, to be sure.
Over 13 weeks the trial was told the men were given next to no food, forced to wash in cold water and paid little or no money for working up to 19 hours a day, six days a week. Some were alcoholics, drug addicts or had previously been in trouble with the law, and were picked up off the streets, at soup kitchens or in centres for the homeless.