IAN HART: First World War heroes should never be forgotten

Ian Hart
Ian Hart

I’m beginning to wonder if newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is advised by people who have previously appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show?

This week, at the height of the Poppy Appeal, it was revealed that Mr Corbyn has previously said that spending money on remembering the brave people who died defending this country in the First World War through the poppy field at the Tower of London was pointless.

Clearly having heard some of his other views I’m not surprised he’d think that, but saying it is a different matter.

It is frankly insulting, and for a man who holds such a high ranking position, almost unbelievable that it even got through his advisors – I’m sure the word spin doctor isn’t in his vocabulary. I personally hope the First World War will never be forgotten, not only for the sacrifices made by almost every family in this country who lost someone in the conflict, but also for the fact that we executed hundreds of our of own troops for cowardice when, in point of fact, they were all suffering from what we now know to be post-traumatic stress disorder. I know it was different times, but thankfully the passage of time has acknowledged the horrendous mistakes that were made by this country and a number of soldiers shot have had their names rightly added to war memorials up and down the country.For his part Corbyn’s honeymoon period is fast coming to an end, this ‘enfant terrible’ role in Westminster will only have a limited shelf life. In popularity terms he’s beginning to make Arthur Scargill look like Tony Blackburn, and will, if the gaffes continue with our current electoral system, make him and his party thankfully unelectable.Then again, with the news that, even after seven years, we won’t know the findings of the Chilcott enquiry into the invasion of Iraq for at least another six months, have we actually learnt anything about needlessly killing our own troops almost a hundred years on?

Do we really need seven years and nearly two million words to find out whether there actually were WMD’s in Iraq, or did 179 of our brave servicemen and women lose their lives on a lie?

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