Daily Mail Attacks My Granddad.
“Michael Gove was right when he wrote last week that the history of the era was hijacked in the Sixties by Joan Littlewood and her satirical musical Oh! What A Lovely War, and more recently by Blackadder. ”
My English granddad fought in the First World War.
He was a pre-great War Socialist who was seduced by Blatchford with ‘socialist patriotism’.
A ‘Clarion’ cyclist, an East Ender, he signed up as a volunteer with a group of his mates, after a few pints.
I got to know Albert well when he moved back to London and lived off Myddleton Road, N22.
He did not often speak of the First World War.
But when he did it was immense, immense, bitterness.
They were forced to live like rats.
The deaths of their comrades were for nothing.
What had they to be “proud of”?
I am proud of my granddad.
His complete Dickens’s set is just next to my telly.
I am ashamed to be part of the same country as the Daily Mail.