I could not dig; I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?

A Dead Statesman

Rudyard Kipling

It relates directly to the man standing behind the current Prime Minister, but they are all capable of similar conduct and we need to open our eyes to what is done in our name but without our consent.


17 thoughts on “Remembrance”

    1. No one with basic decency and a sense of responsibility ever gets their hands on power….they might do something with it to keep their citizens safe, give good health care, education and housing – and keep them out of other peoples’ wars.

    1. No one in power wanted to see through it….I remember watching Colin Powell’s presentation…it was obvious that he thought it was rubbish, but it went inquestioned. Saddam wanted to end the use of the petro dollar and had to go….as did Ghaddafi later.

  1. I think that Westminster, both Commons and Lords, and all of its bureaucratic paraphernalia ought to be hugely expanded and encouraged, with larger salaries, more generous expenses, and even fewer legal and moral restrictions placed upon them*.

    *With all of the telephones and computers swapped for dummies, connected not to the outside world but to a 24/7 specialist call centre in India. There’s no need to swap out the British media for dummies, we’re there already.

    Thus, all of those who seek power would be attracted to it and caught, made secure, and the rest of us could bumble on with our harvests, laundry, cooking, culture and genuine human existences.

  2. I prefer to think about the present, not rage from my armchair about things that can not be changed. I personally think that it is a disgrace to our country to have sleazy, corrupt Johnson representing us at this service to those who gave their lives. You know he is going to walk away from that and do something else sleazy, disgusting and corrupt which will affect us all in the future.

    1. And Starmer no better…..
      To me, the presence of Blair at the Cenotaph is a slap in the face to the troops sent to Irak, not properly equipped – thanks to the usual MOD incompetence – to fight someone else’s war.
      The past informs the present, if we will but enquire.

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