Poor old Gordon Brown is copping stick again, this time for having the audacity of having bad hand writing and spelling James as Janes. I know lots of people with the surname James, not so many………………….in fact none, by the name of Janes. I would have almost certainly made the same error but I am not the Prime Minister, and it is probably a post I am unlikely to hold in the near future.
Sadly, this just a media slur by The Sun who have shamefully used the vulnerability of his bereaved Mother to issue a hate campaign against Brown, as never to be one to miss out in a one horse race, The Sun has placed it’s “political” support behind the Tories, and nothing, common decency included, will stop them them in achieving their objective.
Of course we have all known this for years, but it still alarms me that a newspaper/comic of such little substance has such power over the masses and how they vote. Even more alarming is that the The Sun is read on the whole by blue collar workers, who you would assume, would not dream of voting for the party of the rich and privileged. It can only be presumed that by creating a fear of immigration (The Poles are stealing your jobs by working for 20p a day!!!) and higher taxes, the Tories can find mass support from The Sun, and it’s readers. It has to be said that Labour cannot claim the intellectual moral higher ground here, when Tony Blair was racing to victory, and The Sun famously changed it’s political allegiance, Alistair Campbell was virtually dancing in the street, knowing that at that moment the election was won.
Surely the bigger issue for Mrs Janes, is not a spelling mistake, but what the sole reason is behind her son being in Afghanistan in the first place, an undefeated territory that is growing more and more hostile to what they believe is imperialism of their country coming from the West. The government will argue that it is in pursuit of the Taliban, Al Qaeda and it’s leaders. However you are in the wrong country chaps, they are in Pakistan registering a thousand more soldiers to every one from the US/UK.
The Government will tell you it is making the streets of Britain safer, only history will be the judge of that, but every killing of high ranking Taliban member creates mass martyrdom and a rise in support. The truth is, the majority of people in this region would prefer the devil they know rather than British, or worse, Americans influence. In layman’s terms it is a bit like having David Cameron in power, and a Islamic nation offering to kill him and make Britain in to a better nation. Tempting as that may seem, no British person would go for it, and in time, would wage a war against the perceived infidel. Extreme I know, but do see where I am coming from, you can’t impose your own ideal on a nation of an entirely different religion, and expect them to just say “Oh, that seems good.”
Many a time this has been tried in Afghanistan, and the result has always been failure.
Remembrance day tomorrow, maybe it is not just time to remember the great and heroic soldiers of our past, but also an opportunity to save some of the present ones from slaughter in a conflict that is, in my opinion getting more, and more dire by the minute. I am not a Dove in a world of Hawks, I have massive respect for anyone who is prepared to die for the greater cause, but the question needs to be answered……………………..what the hell are we achieving out there????
Someone needs to be big enough to say “”Right intentions, wrong call, out you come boys, sorry for sending you there”.