At last, Bomber Command and the seamen on the Arctic Convoys received belated recognition for the part they played in the Second World War- a Golden Clasp for the Bomber Boys, and Arctic Star for the seamen- and David Cameron is reported as saying, “I can’t think of a prouder day I have had in this job” as he dished the new awards out.
Is there no end to the arrogance and hypocrisy of our politicians?
Every November we see them parading for the photo-shoot at the Cenotaph - paying lip service to the debt the nation owes those who gave their lives in the conflict. Have they no real conscience? Why has it taken 68 years to recognise the role they played?
None of theses tokens of gratitude ever seem to emanate spontaneously from parliament, but have to be grudgingly wrested by lengthy public outcry and, as such, belittle the sincerity of purpose behind it all.
Consider how long it took to achieve recognition for the part women played in the conflict, not just in the Services, but in the Land Army, factories and munitions and so on!
And what do these campaign medals and awards cost the nation in comparison to the priceless effect they have on the recipients by confirming that, on behalf of all their former comrades, the words “We will remember them”, really means something.
Waiting all these years so that few are left to qualify simply seems to confound the felony.
Dave Froggatt, Primrose Lane, Killamarsh, S21 2DL