I have always had the feeling that Nanny rather disapproves of making money by buying and selling things, all a little bit too grubby for her.
Therefore it has come as no surprise to hear that the phrase "merchants" has been banned in Bristol.
The proposed name, "Merchants' Quarter", of the city's £500 million development scheme has been dropped after campaign groups complained about its links with the slave trade.
Opponents have said the name of the city centre regeneration project was an insensitive reminder of Bristol's past.
Now the developers, the Bristol Alliance, have decided to drop the name of the project in the face of growing public disquiet.
Philip Vaughan, Bristol Alliance project director said:
"We would not wish the name of the development to cause offence
to any individual or group."
The leader of Nanny's trolls on Bristol City Council, Barbara Janke has been lobbying for a change of the name for some time.
"There is no doubt that the proposed branding has offended a significant number of people in the areas directly affected by the scheme."
Simba Tongogara, Afro Caribbean representative of St Paul's Unlimited Partnership, said:
"It's a deep rooted thing in terms of the Afro-Caribbean community.
It's good that the Bristol Alliance has seen the sensitivity
of the issue.
Knowing that the Atlantic slave trade was a holocaust for African people we must welcome that the name the Merchants Quarter has now been dropped."
That is all very well, but merchants existed before and after the slave trade. To try to eradicate all words that may have had some connection with slavery is a nonsense.
The current wealth of Bristol, and indeed the UK, was built in part on the slave trade. Yet people are still happy to live in this country and others (eg the USA) which also have had connections with slavery.
Other countries that have used slavery for their own gain include: Africa, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Nazi Germany etc. Yet we are still happy to visit and lavish praise on the Pharoahs' tombs, admire the Roman viaducts, enjoy a Greek meal and buy German cars etc!