A letter a day to number 10. No 1,429
Tuesday 10 May 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
How dare you evoke the spectre of a European wide conflict if the electorate vote Brexit in the up coming referendum. WWIII isn’t some ideological football to be kicked about to suit your political agenda.
Let me be very clear about this, over 60 million people died in WWII, some 3% of the then world population. Of course such numbers are approximations in the appalling catastrophe of war, a catastrophe caused by politicians. Ordinary people do not declare or make war, that is the exclusive province of politicians, but ordinary people are expected to fight them and pay the ultimate price for the failure of those in power to prevent the insanity of war.
Let’s not forget either that WWI was described as ‘The War to End all Wars’ and ‘The Great War’, fatuous and obscene misnomers as ever there were.
Your raising such a spectre is an insult to every woman, man and child whose lives were so extravagantly spent in the six long years of WWII, but that is nothing like the whole story, the 20th century was a century of almost continuous war, at an estimated cost of 187 million lives. And what has changed, Mr Cameron? You trumpet out war like plucking a game of Monopoly off the shelf. It’s obscene!
Post WWII was a time of hope and optimism, it saw the founding of our great NHS and the welfare state and a nationwide social housing programme, everything that you are now working to unravel and privatise. Today, many of those who served in the armed forces come back to a life of insecurity and lack of support. In 2013 there were reportedly 9,000 homeless ex-service personnel. Ask not what you’ve done for your country, ask what your country is doing for you, eh?
You are an abject failure, trumpeting out meaningless nonsense to suit your political ends. It is your government that wants to do away with our Human Rights which Britain was so instrumental in formulating after WWII. The question isn’t about yet more conflict, the question is when will we have peace? Because politicians seem to be entirely incapable of such a thing and, indeed, revel in tub thumping, flag waving, patriotic clap trap as if war is some heroic achievement. It is not.
Perhaps war will never end until we, the people, tell politicians to go and fight their own bloody wars and leave the rest of us to get on with living. Or is that too extremist for your delicate oafish sensibilities?