Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Red Vs Blue

I covered a long time ago the stupid (very stupid) political correctness of the re-enactment of the battle of Trafalgar. Glad to see I wasn't alone in my thoughts

“I am anti-political correctness. Very much against it. It makes fools of us,” said 75-year-old Anna Tribe.

“I think the idea of the blue team fighting the red team is pretty stupid. I am sure the French and Spanish are adult enough to appreciate we did win that battle,” she added.

The historian playing Nelson in the mock battle is equally annoyed.

“If you obliterate history for the sake of political correctness, you can’t learn from the past. Nelson thought politicians were cowards. I tend to agree,” Alex Naylor said.

Effort to avoid show of triumphalism
Organizers of the bicentennial celebrations were anxious to avoid accusations of triumphalism, especially at a time when London and Paris are locked in a bitter dispute over the future of the European Union.

Britain’s navy chief Admiral Alan West admitted: “The French had to think quite hard about if they wanted to be involved (in the review). But in the final analysis, this is a celebration of maritime nations.”

He rejected criticism of the bicentennial, insisting Nelson would have backed the plans.

“Nelson would have approved of that, to get the maritime back in the public eye,” The First Sea Lord said.

Ummm no Lord Nelson was a british patriot he'd probably spit in your face over it.

So instead of honoring the great naval history, and the influence of you know Democracy over tyranny they instead decided to fight against triumphalism....

does anyone else see this as mentally ill?

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