It seems that the British Tory government were pleased with people's response to the London 2012 Olympics and Queen's Jubilee celebrations. The general consensus was that it was great to see we British flag waving for a change and revelling in our traditions. Of course not all Brits were swept along on a tide on nationalistic fervour.
There was a concerted effort by the British establishment to concentrate on the positives of both events and bury the negatives. Those who dared to voice opinions, criticising the dreadful waste of money by both events, were mainly not heard.
Today David Cameron has pledged another huge sum on money, this time for an event in 2014. It will be one hundred years since the start of World War 1 and Cameron wants the UK to mark the anniversary in style. It will be flag waving and warmongering thrust down the throat's of the British Public, like it or lump it. Dare to differ from the mainstream view and you will be seen as disrespectful and more. Yet there is nothing wrong with wanting to concentrate on the living and current problems rather than hark back to Imperialist wars.
Right now many World leaders look set to plunge us into War once more. Many countries are war torn once again. As economies plunge deeper into debt more money will be wasted on conflict. Dying economies and war seem to go hand in hand.
Perhaps Cameron's plan is to glorify those who died in War so that future casualties will be from more people who were foolishly sucked into the military. That Force of men and women who prop up regimes and royal families. Yes the military are a necessary evil but there is no denying that many forces have manipulated regimes and committed atrocities.
He is right when he says that there will soon be a large group of former soldiers and the like returning to the UK battered and bruised, both physically and mentally. Many will find it hard to fit back into the society that they fought to sustain. Those who fought in Wars such as the First and Second were often conscripts with little if any choice.
Yes we should remember them. Yes we should support them. However Cameron plans to spend £50 million on the 2014 100th Anniversary when he constantly tells the country that there is no money. No money for health. No money for education. No money for helping the vulnerable in society. Money however for Royal celebrations, sporting events and War remembrances.
Cameron has slipped into election mode during the last few days. His policies now will also have him speaking whilst keeping one eye on the electorate. Perhaps today's announcement will please rank and file Tory voters. In better economic times they would please more people. Right now it just more proof, if you needed it, that the Tories have money to burn when it suits.
You can read what the money will be spent on, at SkyNews here.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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