More Student Nonsense at Cambridge: Remembrance Day this time

The student union council at Cambridge has blocked a simple motion to honour British war dead and present-day veterans on the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11th November.

Student unions don’t represent a majority of students of course, but they do get attention. Thus the Times of October 11th reported a rival motion as saying it was “vital that we recognise all different backgrounds and don’t just focus on British war veterans”.

The movers of this motion clearly have no understanding of language – the ceremonies on or around November 11th honour the 1.5 million of all backgrounds from Britain and across the Empire who made the ultimate sacrifice. If the students just stepped for a few minutes into their own college chapels, they would see the names of their predecessor students who are included in this horrific total of dead young men.

Why don’t they do this and reflect on it?

The reason lies in the world “background” in their rival motion. In current ‘official speak’, “background” means “race”. Sometimes it’s called “ethnic background”. Nothing in the official mind can now be done officially if it is not “inclusive” of all so-called ethnicities currently resident in Britain.

Students take on this officialese and extend its application to all students of colour (as they term themselves), many of whom are recently arrived in Britain to study, but who have no other connection with Britain.

Remembrance Day

This is a solemn British commemoration of the two most important events of the twentieth century – the First and Second World Wars – and the huge part which the British Empire played in them. As in Britain, so in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, its universal symbol, the poppy, is worn on and around November 11th.

Few families in Britain were untouched by the two wars. Their great-grand-children, grand-children and (from the Second World War) children, make up the vast majority of the native British people. Clearly this doesn’t include – by definition – post-Second World War immigrants and their children, but those of whom are, or wish to become, British citizens should, as many do, honour the sacrifice of the people of this ancient land, among whom they are privileged to live.

Those temporary residents and visitors who do not share allegiance to our Crown, should not take part in discussions and demonstrations organised by regrettably misguided, ignorant, British youth. It is simply not their business.


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