Soldier’s get crosses. General’s get statues (and live longer)

The theme of my previous posting about QI led me to thinking about the destruction of Folk History in order to write a new politically approved History.
It has become more noticeable with the Commemoration of the murder of millions of soldiers in WWI, as part of our indoctrination into becoming “good” Europeans. The History of the senseless murder of Plebs by Politicians is to be re-written as the noble self-sacrifice of patriots.

They were undoubtedly patriots but folk history remembers the “lions led by donkey’s”, officers shooting soldier’s who were too scared to leap into a hail of machine gun fire, after clambering over  the mounds of men who, seconds before, were their “pals”.  Folk history remembers the guns at Churchill’s Gallipoli, when the Turkish soldier’s were said to have become dazed by the number’s of men falling prey to their guns. It remember’s how General Pershing typified the mentality of the Senior Officer’s by ordering 10,000 US soldier’s to die, knowing that the Armistice was only hours away. Folk History remembers the treatment of those men, who survived to face starvation, or the begrudged charity of the Workhouse.

Folk History remembers the conditions for the poor from before the Poor Law acts and the freeing of the Slaves, right up until soon after the first Labour Government achieved office.

My generation have the recollections of snippets of our parents childhood’s, backed up by an untainted Official school-based History of the times. The History is only about the important people, so it’s impact on the Plebs being taught it was of no more concern than gossip being overheard by the servants. Besides, most knew their place and the consequences of stepping out of it.

My children’s generation have a History, which is constantly being re-written and sanitised, as it happens. Debunking, as in QI, is a constant noise, so News is expunged from memory, or simply disregarded as information overload.

Newspapers, encourage this disconnection, with headlines immediately contradicting those of the previous day. Warnings of  weeks of Heatwave are followed up with warnings of a week of Blizzards. The dangers of Statins, Aspirin etc., announced on the Monday, are replaced, on the Wednesday,  by official exhortations to protect one’s self by daily consumption of them. Wonder foods and adulterated foods and contaminated foods jostle for space amongst the Supermarket adverts, for those same foods.

In this electronic age, one might hope that Social Media would come to the aid of Folk History but it can’t.

By its nature, electronic data can evaporate at the flick of a switch.

Who, apart from the NSA and similar, have records of Yesterday’s tweets. You could download them but how do you keep them?

How long ago were we using floppy discs to store documents and pictures. Who now has devices and necessary software drivers to read them?

Even Wikipaedia, which has large memory storage facilities, can’t vouch for the safety of  the truth.

Apart from the persecution of its overseer’s (£7,000,000 spent, so far, on keeping Assange in prison), its pages are being re-written by TThe Ministry of Information, taking advantage of the nature of Wiki’s open access.

The politicians of the EU have legislated (and maybe bribed with tax freedom) Google into removing access to certain public information. Ostensibly protecting the private lives of ordinary citizens, whilst also blocking access to stories of corruption; protecting pederasts and embezzler’s alike.

If Fritz Lang’s Metropolis were re-made Today, it’d appear very mundane and far from futuristic.


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