Sitting on the seafront at Seaham, a war-weary Tommy sits thoughtfully, head bowed with rifle in hand, as he reflects upon the sheer horror of World War One during the first minute after peace was declared in 1918. The piece, called 1101 but known locally as Tommy, was inspired by World War One and is named to reflect the first minute of peace.
Built out of special corteen steel, it had been installed on Seaham seafront in Country Durham to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War and initially was on loan for three months. This work of art was created by local artist Ray Lonsdale, who got his idea for the piece after hearing a story about a soldier from nearby Murton who won a war medal. The people of Seaham raised £60,000 of the £85,000 price tag while Seaham Council donated the remainder.
On this Remembrance Day we, once again, will see political leaders past and present bow their heads in homage at the Cenotaph to those who fell in war to preserve our nation, our freedom, traditions and values. Other politicians, past and present, whether or not they have previously served in our Armed Forces, will no doubt do likewise.
Those that gave their lives for our nation did so to stop the creation of a continent-wide despotism on the mainland of Europe, one that wished to impose its power over us. What no-one then would have envisaged was that over the next century or so, our nation, guided by its political elite , would set about continuing a programme of allowing a ‘foreign entity’ to achieve that which over centuries we have fought against; and in the course of so doing surrendering those very freedoms and our independence.
How and why has this come about? By the simple expediencies practised by our political elite – and their media cohorts, aided and abetted by those within ‘civil society’ – of lies and obfuscation. The situation whereby those who persist in referring to themselves as ‘Honourable’ – yet have behaved in a manner that can only be described as dishonourable – has to be ended and ended now, if this nation of ours is to avoid disappearing into the abyss of failure. There are those within our nation who will never appreciate the nation they are supposed to represent, coupled with those who attempt to ‘form’ the minds of those who are supposed to represent us; and they will continue until they have completed its total destruction.
Underlying the foregoing, I can but quote something Churchill said on 24th April 1933 when speaking, after dinner, at the Royal Society of St. George, London.
Historians have noticed, all down the centuries, one peculiarity of the English people which has cost them dear. We have always thrown away after a victory the greater part of the advantages we gained in the struggle. The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without. The come from within. The do not come from the cottages of the wage earners. They come from a peculiar type of brainy people always found in our country, who, if they add something to its culture, take much from its strength. Our difficulties come from the mood of unwarrantable self abasement into which we have been cast by a powerful section of our own intellectuals. They come from the defeatist doctrines by a large proportion of our politicians.
The extract of that speech by Churchill then begs the question why our nation has, over the decades, allowed itself to be torn asunder by the actions of those who are obviously akin to Judas Iscariot.
Were Tommy – and the rest of the fallen in two World Wars – alive today one can guarantee he and they would be asking why did they bother?