Tuesday, 5 August 2014

4th August - Commemoration

All in all, last night's commemorative event, and the BBC's reporting, hit the right note. It was always going to be a difficult one, and I feared we'd get it wrong - with the debacle of the BBC's reporting of the 2012 River pageant repeated in spades. Dan Snow, a young graduate who wants to be an historian, gave us the authorised version with the keen enthusiasm of a student repeating a lecture from a favourite tutor. The best reading came from Prince Harry, who alone amongst the panjandrums collected there has tasted combat. I wondered at the identity of the young cleric in plain black cassock, and found out only this morning that this was the Archbishop of Canterbury. Cameron skated on the brink of cliché but managed not to fall, and much of the music was that modern slightly discordant stuff that is today's church sound. So all in all not bad.

6 comments:

Mike Spilligan said...

I've deliberately avoided most of the commemorations as I think it's the wrong time to make a big show, and that the more correct time to do that is in November 2018 - if we survive until then without too much damage in the meantime; though the same type of fools seem to be "in charge" again.

DeeDee99 said...

I watched Sky News a lot of the time, switching back to the BBC when they broadcast a choir "la-la-ing" Ode to Joy and Francois Hollande use the occasion to venture into politics and promote the EU.

Why on earth didn't Prince Harry make a small speech at the Short Steps Arch in Folkstone. He looked the part, but had nothing to say. What a shame.

Anonymous said...

No mention of the Germans, the Hun OUR enemy though. I watched some but the faux outpouring of saccharine tears, it stuck in the craw and the constant albeit tacit subtext of "how [the EU] we bought peace" and we certainly bought it - but at what price...........

Britain, is no longer a sovereign nation, we were sold off, sold out to le grand projet governance by diktat and that is not and never can be named: FREEDOM.

Commemorate the outbreak of war? A political sham was all it was.

Mike Spilligan said...

If I may take a second bite at this; it seemed to me when it was first announced (with mention of other commemorations over the whole 4-year period) that it was meant for the politicians to have photo-opportunities and sound-bites galore, all supported by their best teams of speech writers, naturally.

seydlitz said...

PRINCE HARRY the nearest he got to combat was wearing a pair trousers, do really believe he was allowed to get near a Taliban the firing of the machine gun was total p.r.

G. Tingey said...

seydlitz
You are an ignorant little shit.