Friday, 28 September 2012
Wot no history, again!
A few blogs back I quoted T Blair's contempt for history. Now D Cameron has made himself look foolish by similar ignorance. Perhaps we should make ministers pass the test that they have inflicted on immigrants applying for citizenship (well, to be historically accurate, it was Labour ministers... same thing!). These are the very people whose life ambition is to 'make history', forcing through half-baked policy changes just for the sake of doing something. I wonder how many of them have read the history of the 1930s; they are making some of the same mistakes that governments made 80 years ago. And how many of them have reflected on the fact that the terrible revolutions of the past three centuries were born of gross inequality? The misery presently visited on the Greeks, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Irish are comparable with the conditions that produced the French and Soviet revolutions and the rise of Hitler and Mussolini.