First World War commemorations should be sombre and sensible not ‘finger wagging’, according to Sheffield MP Nick Clegg.
The Deputy Prime Minister said most people wanted a ‘dispassionate’ reflection of the lessons learnt from the ‘shocking scale of bloodshed’ and insisted that was the approach the Government was taking.
Mr Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “I think, in terms of the commemoration of the War, it is going to be an important time for remembrance, of commemoration and a century later of learning the lessons of the past.
“Historians, of course, will have different debates about how they portray those historical events and I don’t want to in anyway impede historians from having those debates.
“However, I think, as a nation a full century later, most people would want this to be remembered in a sensible way, in as dispassionate a way as possible, one where we reflect on the lessons of that shocking scale of bloodshed.
“That’s the way we as a government are approaching our role in helping support the centenary arrangements.
“I think most people want a sombre and sensible reflection about what wars on that scale mean and how we, particularly in Europe, have over come that.”