Lest we forget

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Today, at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month we commemorate, as each year since 1919, members of our armed forces who died in the line of duty in the First World War 1914-18, the Second World War 1939-45 and in later conflicts.

The eleventh of November marks the signing of the armistice, ending hostilities of World War 1 at that time and date in 1918. This year, 2014, also marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of that Great War. The brilliant red poppies which bloomed in the disturbed ground across the battlefields of Flanders, as described in Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, came to symbolise the blood of the soldiers which was shed in the war. The poem begins:

‘In Flanders fields, the poppies blow,

Between the crosses, row on row’

Although the poem expresses deep sadness at the loss of life, McCrae believed in the duty of fighting on behalf of his country and was not a pacifist. The poem goes on to exhort the living to:

‘Take up our quarrel with the foe’

The First World War was described at the time as the war to end all wars, but regrettably that has proved to be an idealistic and unfulfilled hope.

During the four years 1924 – 1918 a total of over sixteen million people from all sides in the conflict died and another twenty million were wounded, ranking it one of the deadliest wars in human history. Of that total number of deaths, about ten million comprised military personnel and about seven million were civilians. At least two million died from diseases and six million went missing, presumed dead. British soldiers accounted for almost a million of the deaths.

Harry Patch, the last British military survivor of World War 1 until his death in 2009, said that ‘War is organised murder’.

Britain often sides with the United States in conflicts – and there have been over thirty US bombing campaigns against more than twenty different foreign countries since 1945, starting with attacks against Korea in 1950-53 up to attacks on Iraq and Syria in 2014 which are still in progress.

Unfortunately, war holds an attraction for the powerful taxpayer-funded armaments and reconstruction industries, for political and military leaders who play war games with the lives of their citizens and, not least, for the people (usually men and usually young) who perceive fighting at the bidding of their government as patriotic and offering the opportunity for honour, comradeship and adventure. Stop the War Coalition claim that deploying UK drones in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to be effective and will increase the security threat to the UK and to British citizens abroad. Indeed, military intervention in recent years in Iraq helped to create ISIS and caused the situation that we now face.

The carnage and suffering caused by avoidable conflicts in the past bloody century is a cry for no more pointless foreign wars.

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  1. Friends, Fellow Nationalists,

    Today we pay tribute to those brave men and women who suffered and who gave their lives in the two world wars. We do not forget the bravery and the sacrifice of those men and women:

    Those men who charged enemy machine-gun posts; those men who stormed up the Normandy beaches; those men who flew their planes into dangerous skies; those men of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy who sailed their ships across dark and dangerous oceans.

    We do not forget the bravery of those men who faced death on a thousand battlefields and whose names are engraved on War memorials from one end of the country to the other. Those men who marched away from every town, city and village, never to return.

    Today may we their sons and daughters, their grandsons and their granddaughters draw Strength from their patriotism, draw Strength from their idealism, and draw strength from their sacrifice. We know that those dead heroes would turn in their graves if they could see what had become of Britain.

    Let us say it. Those men were betrayed. The party politicians, the traitor politicians have destroyed the country. Our proud cities, London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, parts of South Wales, parts of Scotland turned into riot and permanent crime zones, where we the British are now in danger of becoming the minority in our own country.

    This is the modern fight: the fight against the betrayal of Britain committed by the party politicians. This is the fight that we Nationalists have fought fifty years now. Friends, you are in good company when you join us. We fight for our British people, for their families and for Britain.

    The courage of those brave men whom we honour today, may their courage inspire us now as we face the inner enemy, the politician traitors of the old gang at Westminster.

  2. After the first world war there were many Germans who felt betrayed by those who were in authority, which led to their surrender/defeat. The only real betrayal is of those allied soldiers/ sailors and airmen who did not die for what has been allowed to happen since that time by our governments. The land that they were protecting and fighting to keep has been changed to be unrecognisable in so many places. The native people are very accommodating and very generous spirited towards foreigners who settle here. However, Richard Edmonds is right when he says that those who fought and died would turn in their graves if they could see the extremity of cultural and ethnic change that has transformed many key British cities.

    Even official government population figures clearly show that projected into the near future we will become a minority in our own homeland. If this happens we may very well not be treated with such generosity by those who then become the majority, especially those of one particular religion which is anything but peaceful. It is our brave dead who have indeed been betrayed by all those traitors in Westminster and their associated parties. Betrayed by not defending what they truly fought and died to protect, and wished to pass on to future generations.

  3. Both my parents were brought up in the 1930s on social security as both their dads couldn’t find work and Sheffield where we’re from was booming with industry as all over the UK but no vacancies.

    After the war and back to Blighty to await in a few years an invasion of foreigners to do existing jobs.

  4. The lemmings of Rochester have voted in a UKIP MP Tory mark 3 Cresswell. Farage the leader a staunch Thatcherite. look what she did to the UK and promised to end immigration if she was elected. The rest is history. A party that encourages immigration.

    What is the alternative as all main parties are pro-immigration – no ideas for employment except the fiddles with benefit sanctions is one of them besides umpteen more.

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