Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"But where is it now?"

Sarah harks back to the days when 'people kept the laws and were polite and courteous. We didn't have much money, but we were contented and happy.

'People whistled and sang. There was still the United Kingdom, our country, which we had fought for, our freedom, democracy. But where is it now?!'

Sarah Robinson, who joined the Royal Navy when she was 18, says the Britain she once knew no longer exists.

The feelings of Sarah and others from this most selfless generation about the modern world have been recorded by a Tyneside writer, 33-year-old Nicholas Pringle.

Curious about his grandmother's generation and what they did in the war, he decided three years ago to send letters to local newspapers across the country asking for those who lived through the war to write to him with their experiences.

He rounded off his request with this question: 'Are you happy with how your country has turned out? What do you think your fallen comrades would have made of life in 21st-century Britain?'

What is extraordinary about the 150 replies he received, which he has now published as a book, is their vehement insistence that those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war would now be turning in their graves.

There is the occasional bright spot - one veteran describes Britain as 'still the best country in the world' - but the overall tone is one of profound disillusionment.

Read the whole thing.

Nick, if you want to improve that website, (where you can buy the book) drop me a mail.

'If my fallen comrades could return to this country today, they would wonder who the victors were'

'They were the people we fought for - our folk and our country. For today's society I would not have done it.'


Sgt Troy said...

"They see the lack of debate and the damning of dissenters as racists or Little Englanders as deeply upsetting affronts to freedom of speech.

'Our British culture is draining away at an ever increasing pace,' wrote an ex-Durham Light Infantryman, 'and we are almost forbidden to make any comment.'

A widow from Solihull blamed the Thatcher years 'when we started to lose all our industry and profit became the only aim in life'.

Her husband, a veteran of Dunkirk and Burma, died a disappointed man, believing that his seven years in the Army were wasted.

'It is 18 years since I lost him and as I look around parts of Birmingham today you would never know you were in England,' she wrote.

'He would have hated it. He also disliked the immoral way things are going. I don't think people are really happy now, for all the modern, easy-living conveniences."

Couldn't be clearer. Of course left malignants and dupes see "modern" Britain as having been "defined" by the war against fascism(aka the second war against the Germans) - so says Poliakoff who has re-written history in "Glorious 39".

But as we have always known(eg by the massive support Powell received in 68) those who actually fought the allegedly anti-fascist struggle were appalled by what the country subsequently turned into it.

I remember an old man who had an adjacent allotment to mine - badly wounded in 44(Royal Warwicks) and who still had German metal in his body. His vehemence and bitterness were something to hear; said he should have chucked his rifle away and deserted - apparently a lot of them felt like that.

Not a very convincing "anti-fascist" I fear

AgainsTTheWall said...

And yet Sgt that generation has voted again and again for the traitors and degenerates who have guided us into slavery. They were led by the nose in 1939 and ever since.

After all it would nt be respectable to vote for Nazis like the NF or BNP?