Lest We Forget…

First they came . . .” by Martin Niemoller

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.

Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.

And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Martin Niemöller

10 thoughts on “Lest We Forget…

    1. I think I might learn it by heart too. Well, I find it terrifying how in Britain people put up with the loss of their human rights without even batting an eyelid. When I express my fears about it they look at me like I am from Mars. By the time they figure that all these measures aren’t only against “the others” but them too it’s too late. https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/issue/the-policing-bill-what-you-need-to-know/

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      1. This is a troubling time, the potential for The Wing who have convinced arch opportunist Boris Johnson to join have a very long agenda.
        We do have twin slivers of hope that is not available to the USA. The opposition to Johnson is gathering and secondly there are not the demagogues or populists in his Cabinet that the Right in the USA can call upon.
        We may get out of this yet.
        Ironically as in the Thatcher era, in part due to the House of Lords.
        We may get out. But it will need some very astute tactical voting at every stage.

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      2. I hope so but we saw last time that the opposition seem to have a hard time to work together in places. And while the UK may not have the US demagogues we do have a well developed Murdoch media empire. Looks to me like the Times & Sun have a lot of power over the brains of the gullible. And the greedy 🙁

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      3. That is the issue which the public can direct the parties in. The majority of the votes in the 2019 election, across the mainland UK did not go to the conservatives. The more folk who make it known they will vote for the most likely candidate to defeat a conservative, the more the parties will have to work together. It is not an easy option, no more than a coalition government is. However the way to overturn 2019 is the harness the Anti-Johnson vote, and in turn unsettle the conservatives into in-fighting; again not easy. However as the last year or so shows, it is doable.
        I must admit to steering clear of newspapers other than to see what they are saying. They are by their nature perusing an agenda. Folk tend to go to them to read what they want to read. So they are to an extent, Tribal, like Political Parties.
        Thing about them is they don’t carry the ‘hard’ resources a state does. Currently in a nation facing challenges in all directions, the one who has the resources is Rishi Sunak; weaver of The Finances and dispenser of ‘largesse’ where he sees fit. Sometimes in the open, sometimes in the shadows. He snaps his fingers, and the right-wing editors comply. Over-spending or mismanagement is laid at the door of the relevant Minister, or Prime Minister. Hard Politics in the UK, sometimes we don’t see it happening. Not even Murdoch.

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      4. Well, I am from Germany and coalition governments are more the norm than the exception. Not easy by no means but I guess the Germans have learned the art of compromise which I never appreciated when I was younger. Maybe British politics need to adjust to that 😇

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      5. Indeed it does, and not just the politicians, a large section of the voters too.
        There are sections of both the right and the left who seemed to have forgotten times have changed and that the UK, is just a collection of islands off the west coast of mainland Europe. A collection which has misplaced its own mercantile fleet and ship building yards.

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