Remembrance? No, our valiant years are being erased

Nov 10, 2019 by

By Chris McGovern, The Conservative Woman:

TODAY is Remembrance Sunday. In Whitehall, the great and the good will bow their heads in recollection of the fallen. They should also bow their heads in shame for the low status conferred on that memory in the Government’s National Curriculum for History in English schools.

Neither World War One nor World War Two is required teaching. Instead, these nation-defining events are relegated to the status of ‘Examples (non-statutory)’ that ‘could’ be taught to children. This contrasts with a statutory requirement to teach either Islamic history, West African history or central American history.

Lord Tebbit has observed that, ‘Lest we forget has become lest we remember.’ He is right. The full extent of the betrayal is set out in a pamphlet I wrote for The Campaign for an Independent Britain.

‘Britain should stop wallowing in past traumas and move on,’ Simon Jenkins, a former chairman of the National Trust, told Guardian readers in 2017. ‘Next year,’ (2018) he urged, ‘we should draw down the curtain and have a Forgetting Day, a Move On Day, a Fresh Start Day.’

Last Thursday, Polly Toynbee punched home the case for national amnesia and for the destruction of our identity. ‘It’s fine to shake tins for veterans – but surely last year was the time to say goodbye to all that, to look ahead not back.’

Toynbee is nothing if not condescending when it comes to the poor bloody infantry who, along with sailors and air crews, did the fighting and dying for us. ‘We remember their sacrifices,’ she opines, whilst ‘conveniently forgetting that victory required the greater heft of US and Russian allies’.

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