When I was a child growing up in the 1970’s many of the adults around us had grown up in war or fought in war. They were proud that this little island had stood alone in Europe against fascism and the Nazi’s. I knew men who had been in the first wave on D-day, who had been at Dunkirk and had been amongst the troops liberating prisoners – victims at the concentration camps.
My paternal granddad had served in the merchant navy and Royal navy on the Russian convoys. My maternal grandad worked at Chadderton Works building Lancaster bombers and earned the nickname Mephistopheles, after a Faust demon.
My mum and dad were born in the war and lived in Liverpool and Manchester whilst bombs rained down. Their playgrounds were bomb sites.
They lived with rationing and make do and mend. They never knew if they would see their parents again when they left for work or sea.
That war was fought by us commoners not for power or gold, but for survival. Whatever the reasons the estaishment had, most people were fighting to stop the fascists. They died to protect us from hate.
Sadly history shows that our Royals did not quite feel the same.
The point is our families all lost folk to that war, all the people of the UK fought, suffered and died to stop the hate, cruelty and murder that is the fascist way. Yet now we are letting that religion of terror into our country, our communities, our homes and our hearts.
Yes racism continued after the war, it has always been sadly a vile part of our society, but it was challenged, it was not acceptable, we knew it was wrong and were ashamed of it. Now sadly it seems OK to spout hate and bile, it seems to far too many fine to go on a rant about anyone who is a little different due to race, colour, gender, ability or sexual preference.
Well it’s not OK, it’s not fine, it’s not acceptable. My family lost members fighting the fascists as likely did yours. So stop this shit, wake the heck up and realise that this hate is devised by those with power to divide us and stop us seeing who really steal our jobs, the asset strippers, who leave us in slums, the landlords, who keep us poor, the employers and banks, who incite violence and hate, the media and establishment owners.
It is really and truly that simple. They are scared of a united Britain, a united society. Once we all see through the hate they may just have a real reason to be scared, and maybe we will then fight against our fascists to leave a better world for our children?
I hope so anyway.