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So they died in vain then…

Just once in a while I am appalled by the state of the nation – especially in regards to the ignorance and general stupidity of the average Brit. Such an occasion was earlier today when the results of a survey into World War II were published.

The study of 2,000 adults commissioned by TV’s History Channel found that despite 53 per cent claiming to be ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ knowledgeable about the second world war, 36 per cent are unaware Britain’s allies included France and the US.

One in twenty even believe we were on the same side as Germany, Italy and Japan.

More than a third have no idea that the Battle of Britain took place during World War Two, and despite its name, 43 per cent didn’t know it happened in British airspace.

Thirty-two per cent were also unaware Pearl Harbor took place in Hawaii, with one in fifty believing it happened in Britain.

Three in ten had no idea the Blitz was a World War Two event, while 32 per cent didn’t know VE Day marks ‘Victory in Europe’ at the end of war.

But despite being widely recognised as the battle that ended the second world war, more than six in ten couldn’t name 1944 as the year D-Day took place.

Others believe the Battle of the Somme, the Treaty of Versailles and even the sinking of the Titanic were events which took place during the second world war.

Around one in six were also left stumped by the dates of the second world war, which started in 1939 and ended in 1945.

In order to understand the present it is essential to understand the past. I despair at what is being taught to our children these days if they have no knowledge of the events of the 20th century. To suggest that Germany and Britain were on the same side is an act of such appalling ignorance as to beggar belief and to nullify the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of our forefathers who fought to keep this country free of the tyranny of Nazi Germany and the ruthless dictatorship of Japan.

Of course the cynical amongst us might wonder whether such a propaganda victory and dumbing down of history could in any way be attributed to the political correctness that dictates we must not offend our friends in the EU – those same friends in Berlin that want to screw us for having the audacity to leave their sphere of influence; the Fourth Reich in all but name.

If a deep rumbling is heard across the country tonight, it will be thousands of betrayed soldiers, sailors and airmen turning in their graves.

We should be deeply ashamed…


Destroying our heritage

Frankly, I was a pissed off when a rather stupid Rhodes scholar wanted to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes – the man who’d just funded his university education – because he was a racist. For an intelligent ( sorry, well educated not intelligent ) Oxbridge student to come out with such rampant bollocks left me speechless. Speechless is not an easy thing to achieve in my case!

And after the bullshit in the States where the non-whites want to tear down statues of confederate war heroes, we’ve now got the same bollocks over in this country. It’s been suggested that Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson was a white supremacist and therefore Nelson’s Column – a landmark of the Capital city and massive tourist attraction – should be torn down.

So what idiot is proposing this nonsense? Afua Hirsch is a 36-year-old half-British, half- Ghanaian journalist brought up in London who, until this week, scarcely anybody had heard of. Her attention focuses on Nelson’s friendships with West Indian slave traders, and his description of the ideals of abolitionist William Wilberforce as ‘a damnable and cruel doctrine’.

Notably, Nelson treated all his sailors equally – black and white – chastising those who screwed up and commending those who performed their duties well. He was a man of his time. He would undoubtedly have opposed women getting the vote, but this would not make him a misogynist. He hated the French because we were at war with Napoleon not because he was a xenophobe.

Cecil Rhodes was by all accounts an unpleasant man, but he served his country diligently and did his bit for the empire. And let’s not conveniently forget that Britain was the first country to abolish slavery.

These men and their attitudes were of their time. We don’t expect the Japanese or Germans to apologise for their actions in WWII despicable as many of them were. The modern generation were not the ones responsible, and yet idiots like Hirsch think we should be atoning and apologising for the actions of our ancestors.

These people are the real racists. And let’s not forget that racism is only white on black and never the other way around. Personally, I’m proud to be English and refuse to apologise to anyone for what my grandparents did. I object strongly to calls for Rhodes statue to be torn down, Nelson’s column to be demolished and – let’s not forget this one – Waterloo Station to be renamed because it’s offensive to the French.

These things are part of our heritage and are what make Britain British. In New Zealand there are calls for the statue of Captain Cook to be torn down because it offends the indigenous people of that country. And yet in the UK it’s open season on the indigenous peoples whose culture is being eroded on a daily basis.

To those people who espouse such things, I have a simple message : Fuck off and live somewhere else..!

32 years


32 years ago today I met Mrs D.

We were at a party. I knew one of the people holding it and she knew the other. She was standing next to me – a gorgeous willowy blond in a red dress with gold flecks on it. There was a moth on her bum (no jokes about butterfly theory here, please!). She was hard work, but I eventually managed to back her into the kitchen. I do all my best chat ups in the kitchen.

That was Saturday. I took her out to dinner on Tuesday. It went OK. She doesn’t like bullshit and holds strong opinions of her own. I said I’d see her again on Friday. Having just been through an acrinomious divorce, my head was buggered, so I grabbed a last minute break to Skiathos leaving Friday morning for two weeks. I phoned her to say I’d not make Thursday evening because I was packing. She took that as me dumping her. If I’m splitting with someone, I’m always up front about it…

“How bloody long does it take you to pack!?!” says she. 32 years later she’ll tell you it takes forever as I’m highly indecisive about such things.

Anyhow, I buggered off to Skiathos. Thought about it for a fortnight, and rang her from the airport. I called in on the way home and asked her to marry me. In the kitchen, of course.

32 years later we’re still here. It really was love at first sight and I’d happily do it all again – preferably without some of the rough bits, but you can’t have it all.

I’ll just settle for having her. And long may it continue…

Manager wanted…

It’s nice sometimes to take the time on a Sunday morning to reflect on the older, more established religions and their time honoured traditions.

Take, for example, the Druids. Been around a while. Just look at their old church at Stonehenge.

Well it would seem that even though the stone circle has stood for some 5,000 years with a minimum of interference it needs to be dragged screaming and kicking into the 21st century. So the owners, English Heritage, are looking to employ a £65,000 per annum General Manager.

The job description? The tasks will involve meeting with Druid leaders and ensuring the solstice celebrations “aren’t in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones”. The successful candidate will be expected to manage the attraction, which is aligned with the solstice sun, muck in to help the site’s one million visitors and lead the monument’s 180 staff and volunteers.

Tim Reeve, English Heritage’s historic properties director, said: “You could be up at the stones one minute, in outdoor garb trying to help visitors, then you can be back in a state-of-the-art visitors centre. The next time you could be in a suit, representing our site.”

I am tempted to ask why it takes 180 staff to manage a stone circle in the middle of a field – but that’s just me nit picking…

Another important duty would be maintaining relationships with Druid leaders such as King Arthur Pendragon, who campaigned to make the site open to the public during the summer and winter solstices.

It seems entirely potty and over the top to me. And I am forced ask “Why not let the Druids manage the site?” After all, it’s their temple…

Colonialism is good!

With all the Argy-bargy about the falklands / Malvinas going on. I thought it might be time to reflect upon the role of Britain in the world as a colonial power.

According to the President of Argentina, we are very, very naughty because the U.N. has decided that colonies are a bad thing. To this, I basically say “Balderdash”

Over the years I have been to many former British colonies in the Far East, the West Indies and the Pacific. I have yet to visit one where the country as a whole did not benefit from our intervention. Hong Kong is a good example.

Furthermore, I have been to several where the infrastructure fell apart once they had kicked us out. St Lucia is a good example. On independence day, they kicked out the British engineers and within a week the telephone and electricity systems were falling apart and the Brits had to be recalled to fix them.

For another, rather extreme, example take a look at Rhodesia / Zimbabwe. Enough said.

And there are places where life could simply not happen without good old British colonialism. Back in 2011, I visited Pitcairn Island. The population is tiny and were it not for the support of the British government, the place would now be uninhabited. Now you might say that that would be a good thing because it makes no sense to live there, but that denies the history of the place, the undeniable sense of community, and the diversity that we proclaim makes the British what they are. You can’t get more diverse than living on a speck of rock in the middle of nowhere.

This brings us back to the Falklands. The Falklands are British. The British were there before the Argentines. The only reason that that the Argies want these islands ‘back’ is because they want access to the oil reserves. You might say that this is also why we fought in Iraq but not in Syria. Or that Mugabe would be deposed rather quickly if there was oil in Zimbabwe, and you would have a point. But it’s not the only reason we defend the Falklands so vigorously.

Indigenous populations have a right to self determination. This is one reason why I attack immigration to Britain – because the indigenous population is being overrun. You could argue that we were guilty of ignoring this when we founded our Empire, and you would be correct. You could therefore argue that they were right to throw us out. Again you would be correct.

But there was no indigenous population in the Falklands and the residents have a right to decide for themselves which country governs them. They will decide this in a referendum. Should they decide to join with Argentina, we should respect this decision.

Equally, if they decide to remain part of Britain, Argentina should respect this. Cameron was right this weekend when he said he would resist another invasion, and recently I find that I don’t agree with him very often…