A just war? A reflection

Gove represents the worst of the Tory populist hawks in their anxiety to upstage UKIP in anti- European and jingoistic rhetoric. Let’s hope his views are thrown out with those of this most unfair government.

Recently, Michael Gove gave us his views about how we should commemorate the 100 anniversary of World War One stating that it was a ‘just’ war. This man is charged with the education of our children and I’ve not heard such dangerous revisionist nonsense since the Bush ‘crusade’ against Al Qaeda. Gove doesn’t seem able to distinguish the honourable sacrifices of ordinary women and men on both sides with the reasons for and outcomes from the war. (Just a thought that maybe he does but thinks we are too stupid to notice.) This is the man who says that standards are falling in schools but I can assure you that he would not gain a History GCSE at any level. Here is a reminder of the salient points for his revision note book:

  • The Great Powers went to war to protect their interests. Propaganda was used widely (and Gove seems to have bought it.)
  • Sound leadership was inadequate for the task.
  • Legacy left us the Middle East crisis of today as well as a bitter Germany revived by Hitler with catastrophic results 25 years on. It’s taken a further 60 years to work with Germany as equal partners and it is this that Gove puts at risk as well.

Gove represents the worst of the Tory populist hawks in their anxiety to upstage UKIP in anti- European and jingoistic rhetoric. Let’s hope his views are thrown out with those of this most unfair government.

Alwyn Dow, Frome

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