This weekend is VJ Day…75 years since the victory over Japan.
My flags are ready, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem will be belted out over the radio. Along with speeches from the time and I will be reading the offending article by Kipling…as remembering is important….but more of the offence of reading Kipling later.
This weekend is to remember those who fought in the Far East, and in 1951 in recognition of the Veterans saw the formation of the Burma Star Association for all those who served in Burma. There were initially some 56,000 and my own paternal grandfather was one as he served in the Chindits in WW2.
If you ever manage to speak to a WW2 veteran I can promise you it is not time wasted, as their stories of bravery is real history and sadly, there are now only 1400 left who served in Burma.
Plans were made for a BBC tribute and then true to form somebody objected to one line of a Rudyard Kipling poem…the road to Mandalay.
This was based on a soldier thinking back to his time in Burma….and was adopted by those in Burma and was very apt in WW2, and was an emotional poem loved by all those who served in the Far East.
It had been specifically requested by the members of the Association, but that request has been ignored because of an offence being taken by somebody who was not there….and it seems his delicate nature outweighs the heroes.
Sir Willard White who was given a knighthood not for heroism, but just for singing took offence to one line. “An wastin’ Christian kisses on an eathen idols foot”….
What in blue blazes does he find offence in that? He states it is derogatory to people of colour….but as usual the permanently offended are offended again just for being offended…for what is as clear as mud and it seems his upset comes first despite having Commonwealth soldiers of colour and Gurkha soldiers fighting in the Far East too….but don’t let that little piece of information get in the way of being offended….
The whole night is meant to remember those brave men and women who served thousands of miles away from home and who did their duty. How disgraceful that he could not for one night have just swallowed his faux outrage as it’s not about him, and just give the respect due to those who are heroes for actually answering the call to fight. Not just appearing because of belting out a good tune.
To add insult to injury the BBC just looking for anything to be offensive have changed it, and never bothered to inform the Burma Star Association.
The opera singer should have refused if he was so offended, and gave his place to a star who actually respected those who fought.
Those who didn’t come home and those who did did not fight in the Far East because it was a race war but fought against evil….and he cannot even respect that, sadly this is quite often what you get from a prima Donna who has never served.
The Burma Star Association need to remove any association with the BBC to a channel that will respect them, as no doubt someone next time will be offended because they won!
The creeping threat of trying to destroy our history is never ending, and we need to put a stop to it. This is our history fought and paid for in the blood of not only Great British soldiers, but our Commonwealth and allies…..and if the woke brigade had their say, our heroes would disappear from our thoughts and hearts because of them being offended.