Leading his country into the deepest recession for a thousand years is taking its toll on Mr Brown and finding cheery things in his everyday life must be increasingly hard to do. So it was then that his aides, tired of him moping around all day, decided to send him for a little ‘depression therapy’. When you’re as low as you think you can get the best thing is to go somewhere that reminds you just how good your life is compared to what it might have been, or was/is for others. It seems that Brown’s depression is well progressed because the recommended therapy was to send him to Auschwitz!
It doesn’t do any harm for the citizens to also be reminded (via the reporting of Brown’s trip) of how hard things can be on this earth so they stop whining about a little recession and tax increases. Not that Brown would be spinning on this occasion of course, God forbid.
I suppose I just find it all a bit convenient that he should choose this time to make a visit that, frankly speaking, every politician on earth should be forced to make shortly after taking office so they can see the potential consequences of their actions. I’m also finding it very hard to believe that he feels it necessary to commit to any more taxpayer expense such as contributions to Tusk’s proposed Holocaust Memorial.
Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, recently wrote to European Union leaders asking for contributions to a £100million fund to establish a monument in honour of the dead. Mr Brown said he hoped that the memorial would serve as a “permanent monument of the evils that men can do and the determination never to let it happen again. The Prime Minister did not specify how much Britain’s share would be, but confirmed it would contribute and added: “We are determined that events such as we have witnessed in the last century should never happen again”.
Did I read that correctly? 100 million quid for a memorial? Are they serious? Aside from the considerable problem one might have with the cost of the memorial, shouldn’t one really be asking why it is thought that the rather massive remains of Auschwitz and Birkenau themselves are not memorial enough? Not to mention the probably thousands of existing memorials to the holocaust that exist all over the world.
You might also be excused for wondering out loud when, if ever, we’re all going to “get over this”? Yes it was terrible, yes we must never forget, yes we learn from these mistakes,(not that that has helped those who have suffered and continue to suffer horrible fates in conflicts since WWII), yes there should be a memorial or two but for goodness sake, where does it all end? More than 200,000 people died in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – also terrible, also not to forget, learn lessons, erect memorials but do these get even a proportional 15% of the attention that is given to ‘the holocaust’ (outside of Japan)? No. I wonder why?
I don’t wish to seem unsympathetic to the plight of all those who suffered during the war, whether in Auschwitz or elsewhere, but I find the timing of his visit, the thought of erecting another memorial and the suggestion that this should cost 100 million quid quite appalling.