1 in 6 children think Auschwitz is a Second World War theme park…


According to a Poll today 1 in 6 children think Auschwitz is a World War II theme park

News today shows that schools may not to be teaching children sufficiently about the Second World War and the events that surround it.

A poll of 2000 children, aged nine to fifteen, was conducted by a Scottish charity, Erskine, which provides nursing and medical care for veterans, and says it will now take part in a nationwide scheme to educate schoolchildren about the two world conflicts.

Some of the figures are genuinely shocking, but remind us, that unless we actively engage young people in understanding history, ‘we shall remember them,’ may not be a phrase that Britons use forever. I, more than once,  have been asked, by young people, why we wear poppies at this time of year.

Of the children surveyed, 40% said they did not know when Remembrance Day was, but thankfully 70% of the children surveyed said they wanted to learn more about the two wars in school.

There is hope then.

But, the work that Harry Patch and Henry Allingham both engaged in, as First World War veterans, should be encouraged in present day veterans, and they should go into schools to tell them more about our history, from the wars of the 20th Century and those of the 21st Century.

There’s more in The Telegraph here.


This week, dancing the military goosestep, it’s Nick and Eva!

Modern would look a lot different if Mr Griffin ever came to power!

Modern Britain would look a lot different if Mr Griffin ever came to power!

Well full of a combination of virtue, anger, shame and pride I ended my Question Time experience last night. Although I have advocated Mr Griffin’s appearance, and consequent interrogation, on Question Time I still found it a deeply unnerving and dirty process.

In the same moment I felt shame that anyone British holds these views and pride that the panel, David Dimbleby and the audience expressed their anger, and distaste, at this man’s political views.  All in all anyone who can utter such perverse views about non-violent members of the Ku Klux Klan KKK and not renouncing his denial of the holocaust has no place in democratic politics.

But, then I had a shiver that this might just be the first in a number of media appearances as Mr Griffin enters the world of celebrity.

Popular culture would have to change a great deal if Mr Griffin were to get his way, perhaps he might appear on reality TV!

Strictly Come Dancing, for example, would be very different. Of the six winners of the programme, so far, Natasha Kaplinsky, Mark Ramprakash and Alesha Dixon would not be contestants because Mr Griffin would have returned them to their homelands. The only judge would be Len Goodman, with Bruno, Craig and Alesha also being sent back to their respective countries.

This is what Mr Griffin does not grasp; Britain has changed for the better, and is culturally, socially and economically enriched by people who have joined his ‘ethnically pure indigenous peoples’!

If Mr Griffin ever did come to power I presume he understands that it would not just be people who he wanted to leave who would.