I want to make sure the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions do not ex­pe­ri­ence hor­rors of war

Cor­byn echoes vet­eran’s peace plea

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tions. I’d have done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to work for peace and what­ever was nec­es­sary to de­fend our peo­ple. I think of it from my mum and dad’s point of view. They were born dur­ing the First World War. They both had enor­mous re­spect for ob­jec­tors over what the First World War was about. But they both sup­ported WWII. My dad was an en­gi­neer and so not called up but he was in the Home Guard. My mum was an air raid war­den in Lon­don dur­ing the Blitz so she was do­ing her bit. They were both peo­ple of peace but felt, be­cause of the Nazis, they had to do some­thing .... You’ve told me go­ing into Ger­many opened your eyes. That’s right. Go­ing through Ger­many that was the first knowl­edge I had about the pro­pa­ganda. I sup­pose it’s nat­u­ral we were told they were nasty and had to be killed. But then we met them and they were or­di­nary, ev­ery­day peo­ple the same as me and you and ev­ery­one else.

And you’ve spent your life try­ing to make sure there’s not an­other war?

I voted for you sim­ply for that. When I came back I re­alised talk­ing is al­ways bet­ter. But you do think there’s still a role for the armed forces?

A big one. Peace­keep­ing and hu­man­i­tar­ian work. I talked to peo­ple from the Royal Navy who had been in­volved in the res­cues from peo­ple in the Med. They were so proud of what they have done. And quite rightly.

I think there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween the way we were treated back then and how the armed forces are treated now. To­day, I look on the TV and you see sol­diers com­ing back and sleep­ing in the street.

Sol­diers be­fore they leave should get sup­port on de­ci­sion-mak­ing and is­sues round hous­ing, for ex­am­ple. And for PTSD, coun­selling avail­able all the time. We want to build a coun­try that’s fit for them. That sup­ports them.

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