Politi­cians keep on blun­der­ing

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - Ill­tyd ap Dafydd Nan­tyffyl­lon, Maesteg

ON Novem­ber 11, ma­jor broad­cast­ing com­pa­nies will be broad­cast­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tions of the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice, and the BBC in their own inim­itable style will be con­cen­trat­ing on the at­ten­dees, namely the English Royal Fam­ily, and hyp­o­crit­i­cal West­min­ster politi­cians. They will oc­ca­sion­ally men­tion in their syco­phan­tic nar­ra­tive, that every­one who fought in the war fought for King and Coun­try.

In the 1918 general elec­tion cam­paign, David Lloyd Ge­orge promised a “coun­try fit for he­roes to live in”. The re­al­ity was very dif­fer­ent. He did noth­ing for the sol­diers re­turn­ing from the Great War, or for the fam­i­lies of the men who died. He did noth­ing to help the war veterans when they had their pen­sions taken away. He was the ar­chi­tect of the govern­ment de­fer­ring the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the phys­i­cal and men­tal health and wel­fare of war veterans to char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions, and ev­ery govern­ment has adopted this cow­ardly pol­icy ever since.

I urge every­one to sup­port the Royal Bri­tish Legion’s Poppy Ap­peal be­cause with­out these or­gan­i­sa­tions vet­eran sol­diers will have noth­ing. No mem­ber of the Royal Fam­ily was any­where near the front line of the Western Front be­tween 1914 & 1918. We do not want a re­peat of the em­bar­rass­ment of 2008 when the Pres­i­dent of France along with Prince Charles for­got about the con­tri­bu­tion of the Welsh to the First World War.

My ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther en­listed on the prom­ise that Ire­land would be granted Home Rule, which was fully re­neged on by the West­min­ster govern­ment in 1918. My pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, like many Welsh min­ers, en­listed to fight on be­half of the small coun­try of Bel­gium which had been over­run by its im­pe­ri­al­is­tic neigh­bours. In my many years of re­search of the Great War re­cruiters never used King and Coun­try in Wales, they used “The spirit of Glyn­dwr” to en­cour­age Welsh­men to en­list. In fact it can be said that these re­cruits and the Welsh Army were the orig­i­nal “Meibion Glyn­dwr”.

On Novem­ber 11 ig­nore the BBC and the in­signif­i­cant peo­ple who will be at­tend­ing these com­mem­o­ra­tions and think of the sol­diers, sailors, air­men, stretcher bearers, nurses, doc­tors et al who served in the Great War, and con­tem­plate over the dig­ni­fied si­lence that their heroic and brave ser­vice in “the War to end all Wars” was all in vain be­cause stupid politi­cians and heads of state per­pet­u­ated a state of war again, again, again and again in the last 100 years and will con­tinue to do so in the fu­ture.

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