I am sure that I was not alone in raising an eyebrow at David Camerons announcement last year that the UK would be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Beginning of the 1st World War in 2014. My initial thought was, why on earth would anyone want to commemorate the start of a war, any war, but most particularly the bloodiest war in human history?
If you can find anything much more perverse than celebrating the greatest carnage ever inflicted in war as that, you would be struggling.
The total number of military and civilian casualties in world war 1, from direct or indirect reasons,such as famine amounted to around 37 million people.
Of the 557,000 Scots who enlisted in all services, 26.4 percent lost their lives. This compares with an average death rate of 11.8 percent for the rest of the British army between 1914 and 1918. The main reason for the higher-than-average casualties among the Scottish soldiers was that they were regarded as excellent, aggressive shock troops who could be depended upon to lead the line in the first hours of battle.
To put this in another perspective, out of a total population of around 4.5 million Scots, over half a million of them fought, and over a quarter of them lost their lives.
For what? An Imperialist war which the British Empire just had to be involved in, and THIS David Cameron wanted commemorated?
Commemorate the END of the War, not the Beginnings of One. Particularly this War!
Yet this was exactly what they proposed to do, and this they are doing, but for what real reason I asked myself? There must be more to this than meets the eye, and call me a suspicious sod if you like, but the next thought was that they were going to use this mass slaughter as a means for expressing Britishness and a union jack flag waving exercise.
How dare I have such nasty thoughts eh? Surely nobody but nobody would be so low and cynical as to use such an event for base political purposes?
Unfortunately, yesterdays Telegraph confirmed my suspicions, these people are utterly contemptible scum who will stoop lower than a worms belly to hold onto their cash cow.
From yesterdays Telegraph:
“The Queen is to lead the nation in commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War at a service where she will be joined by other heads of state.
The monarch is due to attend the event at Glasgow Cathedral on August 4 next year. The city has been chosen as a focal point for activities to mark the start of the conflict, as it is hosting the Commonwealth Games which end the day before.
The same date in 2018 will also see flags at half mast on public buildings, ministers are expected to confirm tomorrow, along with a new £10 million funding for art, drama and music projects linked to the conflict.
The candlelit vigil at the Abbey – to be attended by scouts, cubs and brownies as well as members of the Armed Forces – will, it is hoped, be replicated around Britain in churches, town halls, and other venues.
A government source said last night: “We are keen to ensure that this a centenary programme that the country can come together on.”
Ministers hope the commemorations will harness the patriotic spirit which came to the fore last year with the twin celebrations of the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when the country wrapped itself in the Union Flag.
Senior figures in the government are also crossing their fingers that the First World War programme gives a political boost to the campaign for a “No” vote in next year’s referendum on Scottish Independence. August 4 next year, the start of the commemorations, is just over six weeks before the independence vote north of the border, which will be held on 18 September.
Bonnie Greer, the playwright and author has joined the panel to, in the words of a source, enhance the “theatrical” and “spectacular” aspects of the plans.
A government source said: “We have seen in recent years that communities across the UK are really at their best when they are brought together with feelings of patriotism and history. We saw this with the Jubilee, the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Olympics. ”
So there we have it… The Day after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ends… The British Establishment in all its pomp and ceremony will descend on Glasgow with her Majesty at the front, and the union jacks will be flying in unison. Quite frankly I find it all Sickening!
The Irony is that they are Celebrating the Beginning of the supposed War to End all Wars, which obviously It didn’t do!
At the same time they are wanting to hold onto Scotland in order to preserve their nuclear deterrent,keep their place at NATOS Top Table, So that they can participate in More WARS.
When these Celebrations take place, I for One shall turn my back on them, but I will do so with head bowed to all those who gave up their lives in Bloody Slaughter,in the Mud and the Blood and the Grime,for what appears to be nothing.
In celebration of their Celebrations I wrote a poem:
Dancing on the Graves of the Dead
Dancing on the Graves of the Dead
We can have a Celebration Cameron said
Breaking out all these Union Jacks
Flying that tattered torn empire battle flag
A Cross between a Diamond Jubilee
and the Olympic Celebrations they agreed
The main even in Scotland
The day after the Commonwealth Games
6 weeks before the referendum
They will Celebrate the Dead and the Maimed
An Appeal to British Patriotism is the plan
Wave those little flags about, every woman child and man
Celebrating the worst war in mankind’s history
When we should be mourning them instead
Where They used them once as fodder
they are still using them when their Dead!
Her Majesty and Heads of State will kick the whole thing off
When She deigns to come to Glasgow with her dogs
There is the “Spectacular” and the “Theatrical”
These Shows will keep you all enthralled
Come on line the streets in Britishness when you’re called.