Yes, I know, this is supposed to be a blog by a foreigner living in America and I’m not supposed to comment on British subjects that Americans know nothing about. But the only reason they know nothing about anything outside their own borders is because the bloody US media ignore it – unless, in some way, US citizens are involved.
Actually, British life – and particularly political life – is so similar to the US way, that ‘not knowing’ really doesn’t matter too much. So, US citizens, just assume I’m discussing Washington, and replace the name of Cameron with Obama, and you won’t go far wrong.
It’s just so typical of the man. He wants to celebrate the centenary of the First World War. Now, I appreciate that this could prove confusing for my American readers. Why, they ask, is this relevant when the centenary of WW1 is still four years away?
(NOTE: for American readers, WW1 actually began in 1914. You were just a bit late arriving).
Yes, Cameron, apparently wants to see a:
“…commemoration that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, says something about who we are as a people.”
Or, put another way, he’d like the British to be viewed as the sort of people who compare the suffering and deaths of twenty million slaughtered individuals with our monarch’s glorious sixty year reign.
Why it is that the British people insist on voting into office a load of rich public school (that’s ‘private school’ for our US readers) wallahs who’ve never done a day’s work in their lives and have no clue what it means to be ‘working class’ – (I did say British life is becoming closer to the US way, didn’t I?) – is quite beyond me.
David Cameron has no more qualification to lead a government than the Archbishop of Canterbury had to organize the Welsh national rugby team’s victory piss-up after winning the Triple Crown last year.
The man is a total jackass. So much so that one of the BBC’s oldest and most revered news presenters, Jeremy Paxman…
…took umbrage over Cameron’s comparison and told the BBC that:
…not to acknowledge the war’s significance would be wilful myopia”, but that “the whole catastrophe has been overlain with myth and legend”…
…the [Diamond] Jubilee was “an excuse for a knees-up in the rain to celebrate the happy fact that our national identity is expressed through a family rather than some politician who wants the job to gratify his vanity”.
“A number of distinguished fellow citizens, like the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the thoughtful musician Brian Eno, are worried that the events will turn into a celebration of war. Only a moron would ‘celebrate’ the war,” he added.
Thank you, Jeremy, for those few words of common sense. It’s nice to know I’m not the only human being alive who considers David Cameron to be a complete and utter moron. It seems the British media can still speak its mind occasionally.
Which is, of course, one area where Britain and America continue to remain dissimilar.
 “Jeremy Paxman criticises David Cameron’s WWI comments” BBC, October 8th 2013