Though I suspect that this would have been done anyway .
Mr Cameron says the commemorations in 2014 will comprise "three vital elements
- A "massive" transformation of the Imperial War Museum "to make it even more incredible"
- A major programme of national commemorative events "properly funded and given the proper status they deserve"
- An educational programme "to create an enduring legacy for generations to come"
War is not incredible Mister Cameron, people die and are maimed for life and the first World War was the worst war in the loss of Military lives ever and often needlessly. Just take a look at your local cenotaph and look at the list of the fallen of the first World War and the second . In nearly every case the former will be longer.And what legacy what can you say was a positive legacy of the first world war . What was achieved?
This was no war for democracy rt freedom it was just Imperial Powers trying to extend their influence and in which millions of young men were sent to be slaughtered .
We should not ignore those who fought but lets have show what it was a waste and cut out the idea a sacrifice and giving their lives for our liberties They did died because the major powers at the time wanted to extend their control.
If the futility of this War was to be shown in the next four years then I would support it. But it clear that the British Establishment will try and repeat the Jingoism of that War in order not only to preserve the Union but also to justify its current military stance in the world and the UK pathetic attempt to claim its still a world power.
IN 2014 The first World would have started 100 years ago on July 28 but of course there will be another commemoration in Scotland at the same time The Battle of Bannockburn (Blàr Allt a' Bhonnaich in Scottish Gaelic) (24 June 1314) was a significant Scottish victory in the Wars of Scottish Independence. It was one of the decisive battles of the First War of Scottish Independence.
So we will have two commemoration and its likely that both sides of the referendum will see them accusing the other of exploiting one of them to further their cause.
Of course the Money and the Media will be behind the First World War commemoration and Historians who question whether it was even justified in starting let alone fighting and was nothing but a mindless slaughter will be largely absent.
As a pacifist I deplore the loss of life in any war or battle and the use of past ones to justify the present appals me.
But in Scotland Cameron may find that a battle 700 years ago by Bannock Burn, a burn (small stream) running through the village before flowing into the River Forth. will have more relevance than that of another river like the Somme.