The “not Historian”, Michael Gove, attempts to re-write history by criticizing those historians and television shows which portray the Great War as a “misbegotten shambles” and we shouldn’t really give a toss, but he is, unfortunately. the Secretary of State for Education and as such has a big say in the primary and secondary-school national curricula for England. “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
The narrative is controlled on a daily basis by an irresponsible media and while “The Guardian” does provide us some insight into the real story with an article on the UK’s oldest fire station being closed, while informing us that nine more are to be closed meet budget savings of £45 million over the next two years, the daily drivel for the most part appears to be dominated by the words “immigrants” and “benefits”, with those nouns normally being modified by and collated with the adjective “illegal” and the noun “scrounger”. The scapegoats are being lined up and the reality of austerity moving public property into private hands on a massive scale does not penetrate the masses. Or, at least, that would appear to be the case.
However, how can it be ignored? The train to Sheffield from Cheltenham Spa to Leeds was on time because it was only six minutes late. The previous train, which was supposed to go to Manchester, was simply cancelled and with the immigrants coming to steal benefit money, it would at least appear that it is accepted that they are not here to take the non-existent jobs.
The robbery continues, the country’s infrastructure is being dismantled, but all is hunky-dory in the land of hope and glory. Yes, God save the Queen and a Happy New Year with George Osborne telling the British public that they are in for some “hard truths”, but, no need for George’s friends to worry. After all, they are the creators, the beneficiaries, of the “hard truths”, even if it is so much easier to blame Johnny Foreigner and the benefit scroungers.