By Peter Mills. Would you believe that Britain once had the kind of government which recognized that its duty was to protect the national interests of Britain? A government that interpreted being “politically correct” as a policy for politicians to act correctly for the British people and to safeguard our sacred freedom of speech?
Well, I believe there is no possible way I may be accused of racism or of being politically incorrect if I am merely relating the honest and confirmable truth of events from an old school history book.
I am fortunate enough to still have in my possession a collection of my father’s school books from his time at Tonbridge shortly after the First World War. One of these is the classic “A New History of England and Great Britain” by Professor J. M. D. Meiklejohn published with the date 1897. Professor Meiklejohn was highly respected at that time, and still has his admirers today. He is perhaps most famous for translating into English Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason”. A modern book reviewer has remarked of him that his “… ideas on the theory and practice of education were largely in advance of their time.”
Therefore, I maintain that it is perfectly fair political comment to quote a passage from Professor Meiklejohn’s history book, used for the historical education of children and students from 1897 until, in some schools, as recently as 1960, and also to ask readers to compare the events it describes with the sorry state and feeble politicians of today. I think you will be fascinated. The passage describes the events of 1827.
“…Greece had risen against Turkey…in March 1821; and the war had lasted for six years with great cruelties on both sides. The Turks called on Mehemet Ali, Pasha of Egypt, to give them assistance, and he sent them a fleet and army… His mode of warfare was disgusting: he threatened that he would lay waste the country, carry off all the inhabitants, and colonise it afresh with Negroes from Africa. This hideous proposal roused the anger of Europe; Mr. Canning (NB the Prime Minister), an ardent Greek scholar and a warm admirer of the Greek classics, showed the strongest sympathy; and England, France and Russia sent a united fleet to prevent this terrible outrage being put into execution.”
This is the kind of government I want; this is the kind of Britain I wish to live in; these are the kind of politicians I want to see running our country, and Europe; this is what I call a proper kind of European Union; This is what, to use an Americanism, I call the Right Stuff. Ahhh – the Good Old Days! Come back to us – Please!