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Daily Mail Attacks My Granddad.

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Baldrick and the Left’s cunning plan to twist our history to fit their deadly delusions.

“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.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 7, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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  1. Andrew

    Your spot on here, my own grand-dad fought in that war and he took the same line as your own, I asked him about his experiences when I was a young boy and he replied you don’t want to know about that son, you don’t want to go there, as no good came out of it and we moved on

    The only time I heard him mention the war again, was when he was in hospital dying and he and another old solder who was in the bed next to him got hold of some rum and they started singing songs from the first war, and after a few chorus he started crying.

    Mick Hall

    January 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  2. Thanks Mick your memory is truly appreciated.

    Albert was a life-long socialist.

    I fell it is to the honour of people like him, and your forebears, East End working class socialists (he became a printer for the Times, to be exact a ‘Gentleman Corrector of the Press’), that our fight is just.

    Andrew Coates

    January 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  3. In memory of my grand-uncle, Royal Fusilier, City of London Regiment, who lied about his age and died at the Battle of Paschendaele, aged 17.

    Abu Faris

    January 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm


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