Government Accused of ‘Social Engineering’ over WW1 Plans

Jasper Copping, Telegraph (London), January 9, 2014

Ministers have been accused of “social engineering” over their plans to mark the centenary of the First World War, by downplaying the role of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in favour of the contribution from New Commonwealth nations.

Critics claim the government is focusing on black and Asian servicemen from other parts of the British Empire, such as India, as well as Caribbean and West African nations, at the expense of the Anzac forces, along with those from Canada and South Africa.

They have accused British ministers of “political correctness” and a “whitewashing” of history.

It is the latest First World War row to embroil the government ahead of the centenary of the outbreak this summer.

Earlier this month, Michael Gove, the education secretary, triggered a political argument over who was to blame for starting the war, prompting interventions from, among others, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, as well as Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, and Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.

The latest row follows a briefing to Australian journalists by Whitehall officials that no events were being planned to mark their country’s contribution and that internal discussions on the plans do not mention Australia or New Zealand. The briefing disclosed, instead, that officials were concentrating on promoting the role played by so-called New Commonwealth countries, those which achieved independence since 1945.

The countries singled out for promotion were India, Bangladesh and Nigeria, along with other west African nations. The reports state that this is to promote “community cohesion” in the UK.

The government source said: “There has been no mention of old Commonwealth Allies like Australia or New Zealand but more interest in celebrating the role from New Commonwealth countries. I think it’s fair to say Commonwealth ties are being frayed a little on this one.”

It has led to accusations in Australia of “blatant politicisation” of the anniversary, with the UK government accused of attempting to win “political and economic favour in multicultural Britain”.

Col Richard Kemp, a former officer in the British army and commentator, said: “This seems to be an attempt by the Government to use the centenary as a means of trying to appease large numbers of immigrants. But it shouldn’t be an exercise in political correctness or social engineering.

“Countries such as India and those in West Africa did make a significant contribution and we should certainly remember that. But we should not do so in the place of Australia and New Zealand.

“The contribution of those two countries, along with Canada and South Africa, towards the Allied victory was huge and they fought incredibly bravely, and made very, very immense sacrifices. “There should be a proper reflection that we owe our liberty, to a large extent, to them.”

Murray Rowlands, an British writer on the war, who was raised in New Zealand, said the contribution from the two Australasian nations “needs recognition”.

“There is nothing in David Cameron’s program of commemoration that mentions these countries. I have seen nothin on Canada or South Africa either. The old empire is being overlooked.” he said.

A total of 62,000 Australians and 18,000 New Zealanders died in the First World War. Canada and Newfoundland–which was then separate–lost around 67,000 men, and South Africa, around 12,000 killed. British India, meanwhile, lost 74,000 men. Deaths from other British colonies have been put at 35,000.

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) fought, most notably, during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, in 1915, when an assault was launched on the Ottoman Empire, in what is now Turkey. Despite its failure, the campaign is seen as an important step in the development of a national consciousness in Australia.

There was also notable contributions from the countries on the Western Front, and in other theatres, for instance, the Gaza campaign.

The Department For Culture, Media and Sport, which is coordinating the centenary plans, confirmed there were no plans to have any specific events recognising Australia’s contribution.

However, a spokesman denied accusations of a “whitewash”, adding: “The UK will be commemorating the huge contribution and sacrifices made by members of Armed Forces from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries and Allies in a wide range of centenary events throughout the 2014-2018 period.

“Helen Grant, Minister with responsibility for the First World War commemorations recently met the High Commissioners from New Zealand and Australia to discuss our plans. We are clear that Britain could not have prevailed without the contribution of our Commonwealth partners and our plans for the centenary will fully reflect that.”

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  • Spartacus

    “A total of 62,000 Australians and 18,000 New Zealanders died in the
    First World War. Canada and Newfoundland–which was then separate–lost
    around 67,000 men, and South Africa, around 12,000 killed. British
    India, meanwhile, lost 74,000 men. Deaths from other British colonies
    have been put at 35,000.”


    You forgot to mention the total populations of Canada, Australia, India, New Zeeland, etc., as well as the fact that the White countries gave far more auxiliaries, specialists, industrial productivity and other resources, while the Indians were just cannon fodder .

    But I don’t think the author was merely overlooking this…

    • They emptied out Scotland and Wales.

      • Iron Helm

        Utter BS that Scotland and Wales lost more than England, though it is true of the (Unionist) Irish that signed up

    • NeanderthalDNA

      When the reckoning comes it will be a cosmic injustice that many of the worst race traitors that so gleefully hate their own will have died natural deaths.
      Not to worry, enough will fill their rotten shoes to make an unforgettable example to all future generations. In this they may be considered a strange, obverse, form of patriot.

      Hate evil. Destroy it.

      Awakening then reckoning. Keep up the good work, Sparty. It’s working.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      How many Commonwealth soldiers and civilians died in two world wars so their degenerate, spoiled, Marxist “descendants” could serve their nation up on a platter to fecund arguably human garbage?

      The reckoning will be delicious. Juicy.

  • dd121

    Yeah, just like our leftist elites who try to convince us that the “Tuskegee Airman” played an important role in WWII. What a laugh.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Yes, and I’m still waiting for the movies about how we could not have won WWI or WWII without the heroic efforts of ardent southern segregationists who were later betrayed by the country they fought to protect. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting.

      • dd121

        Too bad, I’d actually pay to see that one.

      • So CAL Snowman

        We’ll always have “Birth Of A Nation”

    • John K

      And who else has noticed the number of Medal of Honor medals being thrown at black soldiers during the 1990s (political correctness, anyone?) along with claims they were oppressed and overlooked because of their skin color?

      The leftists have tarnished the Medal of Honor by giving it to unworthy black imbeciles in order to rewrite history and spit in the face of our white heroes.

  • MekongDelta69

    To the left:
    [Real] Whitewashing – Good
    [Perceived] Blackwashing = Bad

  • Truthseeker

    Same old story: Whatever whites do is taken for granted. The success of our race has become almost banal to these people.

    OF COURSE whites made great contributions. That’s just what they do. It’s to be expected. Thanks, all right? But, oh my goodness! Wasn’t it just so wonderful what those non-whites did? I just can’t get over the joy it gives me that we had these great non-white people selflessly contributing to our cause! They’re the real heroes, and we couldn’t have done it without them!

    • me

      White races are expected to succeed. The White races have shown, beyond a doubt, their excellence. The contributions of Whites span the centuries, and the modern world wouldn’t exist without us. The advances in agriculture made by Whites feed the entire world. The discoveries in medicine made by Whites have allowed humans to live way beyond their previous life spans, in physical health unimagined in ancient times. The intelligence and creativity of Whites have made it possible for the average person to live better than any royalty of old, who would be dumbfounded at the opulence in even the poorest home–with refrigeration, running water, central heat, etc. The moral and compassionate nature of the White races have allowed for factual justice, peace, and prosperity for all races. The inventions of Whites have even allowed mankind to send their frigates to the stars. These god#*med people SWIM in the magnificent contributions of the White races, like fish swim in water. And, like fish, they don’t even acknowledge that EVERYTHING GOOD in their miserable lives is the direct beneficence of the White races. Deep down, however, they KNOW this–and it maddens them.

  • 48224

    White liberals and black leftists are constantly trying to change history of favor of blacks and browns.
    50 years from now Trayvon Martin will be walking on water and healing the blind.

    • Chuck Chuckson

      There’s no way this sick system can last another 50 years.

      • John K

        I’m surprised and disgusted that it’s lasted as long as it has.

  • bigone4u

    I only read older history books that I find in thrift stores or the public library. The newer books are psy ops designed to make whites feel inadequate, while promoting the self-esteem of blacks and browns. The older books tell the truth, or at least something close to it.

    • Alexandra1973

      I can imagine that in the future all books will have been destroyed and you can only access information on the Internet. If history needs changed, you only need to send items down the memory hole, no burning required.

      • So CAL Snowman

        Fahrenheit 451 – Yes I know Bradbury was a liberal, but it’s still a good book.

  • White Light

    The war between Britain and Germany was already pointless enough by itself. But at least it could be though of as a war fought by nations against nations, the British nations against the German nation, in the minds of the soldiers, for the national interest, for patriotism. But that isn’t politically correct enough. It must be a war between two tyrannical governments, rootless and pointless.

    • JustJeff

      It’s better than what we’ll have to endure on the centenary of the War to Save Communism and Zionism.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        It’s no coincidence that the Balfour Declaration and then the creation of Israel followed World Wars I and II, respectively. Too much white blood has been shed for the causes of globalism and Zionism.

        • me

          Globalism/Zionism will be the end of us, if we don’t refute it.

        • White Light

          World war one had nothing to do with Zionism.

    • So CAL Snowman

      It wasn’t a pointless war at all (from a globalist standpoint). It was a war to smash and destroy Germany and all German efforts to exert her power and influence over Europe. It was the first domino to fall in the rise of the New World Order as it ushered in the League of Nations. World War 1 was also a testing ground for new weapons of destruction like the machine gun and biological agents (nerve gasses and the like).

      • Iron Helm

        So a globalist shot Franz Ferdinand?

  • frederickdixon

    Helen Grant, the responsible Minister, is the Conservative party’s first BLACK woman M.P. Do you suppose this might have had something to do with why they gave her this job?

    • me

      No, it was because of her distinguished looks and demeanor, and her intelligence and wisdom….(sarcasm)

  • OhWow

    We all know what happens when you try to stroke the egos of blacks. They are already cocky for no good reason, but when you have liberals telling them they were kings and won us WWI as well as the Civil War, it REALLY goes to their heads.

    I have already seen the results of this. Liberals over-hyping the role blacks had in forming this country and winning wars makes them think they are on par with whites. On black websites you will almost always see them saying “We were kings and queens while the white man was in his cave!” or “We BUILT this country!”. They also claim blacks invented everything first, but the evil whitey raided their blueprints under the cover of darkness, and got credit for their inventions while cackling and petting an evil cat on their laps. This is really how they think. The last thing blacks need is an ego boost especially based on BS.

    • John K

      Don’t forget, they were the first Egyptians, could fly, and move objects with their minds until the evil white man stole their powers and enslaved them.

      • OhWow

        Amazing isn’t it? It’s like me saying “I’d be richer than Bill Gates if only the aliens didn’t hold me back”.

  • The Final Solution

    Gallipoli was a great movie, one of Mel Gibson’s breakout roles. Gibson hates Jews so he’s aces in my book. Beneath Hill 60 is another great Aussie movie about WW1. They all died so their country could become an Asian-infested hell hole with curriculum in schools that focus on the non-existent contributions of primitives and Asian invaders. I spent a couple of years there – the greatness of Australia on Anzac day in Sydney is wasted on a pitiful parade in the midst of an Asian conquered nation. You wouldn’t even know it was Australia. I remember hearing about how the Aborigines wanted some recognition of their “contributions” during the Anzac war for digging ditches. Imagine the arrogance.

    • me

      It’s like a toddler running up to you and saying, “Look, I made a poopie!”

    • Erasmus

      They all died so their country could become an Asian-infested hell hole with curriculum in schools that focus on the non-existent contributions of primitives and Asian invaders.

      In much the same way our fathers, uncles and grandfathers died so we could pay for welfare benefits for Mexicans, Africans and central Americans with median IQ’s of a warm day.

      If those who died could come back, would they think their suffering and deaths were worth it? I think not.

      Given the willingness of our own “leaders” to disenfranchise us, I sure as hell don’t want any of my children or grandchildren or anyone I love to be killed or injured now fighting for the corrupt, morally decrepit country the United States now is.

    • One of my favorites is “Behind the Lines”, but it is now out of print and probably expensive.

  • Iron Helm

    Its ridiculous to compare the Patriotic sacrifice of the White Commonwealth to the financially driven one of the Brown and Black. Notice also the sneaky way they say India lost 74,000 when in fact the Raj which includes Bangladesh and Pakistan did.

    I also hope the government breaks down the Indian and African sacrifices by race too, I think there will be a very disproportionate White number