Pieces of Paper – Chamberlain 1938 – Germany – the EU – 3rd and 4th Reich – Paris Climate Agreement – and all that

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Well that went well !

A worthless piece of Paper from a Germany intent on creating The 3rd Reich – which would last a thousand years. In fact it lasted less than 12 years.

One wonders how long the 4th Reich (aka EU, aka European Superstate, aka Fortress Europe) will last.

[And talking of worthless pieces of paper there is the Paris Climate Change Agreement – it is easy to sign a piece of paper as a previous Chancellor of Germany discovered – but if there are no sanctions and no enforcement, and there are none in relation to the Paris agreement then it means nothing. So whether the USA signs up to it or not makes no difference]

It follows the full text transcript of Neville Chamberlain’s Peace in Our Time speech, delivered at the Heston Aerodrome near London, UK – September 30, 1938.

Neville Chamberlain - Speech There’s only two things I want to say.

First of all, I have received an immense number of letters during all these anxious times, and so has my wife. Letters of support, and approval, and gratitude and I can’t tell you what an encouragement that has been to me. I want to thank the British people for what they have done.

Next. And next I want to say that the settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace.

This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you,

“We, the German Fuhrer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe.

“We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German naval agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.

“We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.

 
[Chamberlain later appeared together with the King and Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony. Still later, he spoke from the window of 10 Downing Street the following:]
My good friends,

This is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds.

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Post Script

Just 2 years and 8 months after this speech the maternal grandparents of Anthony Sargeant went home to ‘sleep quietly’ in their beds in the Anderson Shelter at the bottom of their garden on the Bellingham Council Estate in South London. They were killed by a German High Explosive bomb on the last night of the London Blitz which targeted civilian populations in pursuit of German domination of Europe

CONTINENTAL EUROPEAN HISTORY SHAPES THINKING IN A DIFFERENT WAY TO THE BRITISH

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In the early 1980s Anthony Sargeant had a lovely Hungarian girl friend, Judit, whose elderly parents during their lives in the 20th Century and living through two World Wars,  had had three different nationalities because of central European border changes: and that is not to mention the German Occupation during the Second World War.

Another example:  Strasbourg was German then French then German then French again (albeit now within the German dominated EU).

Going further back in history one might consider the changes, not to mention the devastation of the 30 years war.

By contrast the island of Great Britain was not part of these upheavals – and so it is difficult for the British to truly understand the psyche of Continental Europeans.

Another example: In the 19th Century the European Powers appointed a German, King Otto, to govern Greece after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire (Prince Phillip is of course a direct descendant). Curiously this ‘appointment’ was repeated in the 21st Century when the EU and European Central Bank effectively appointed an ex-Goldman Sachs Director as the Greek Prime Minister to enforce the ECB’s austerity requirements for the benefit of the Eurozone and thus the German economy.

Plus ca change …..

But one might also remark that in the 20th Century the Island status of Britain allowed it to stand alone against the overwhelming power of the German war machine. Without the English Channel separating England from Continental Europe the British would have been invaded by the Germans and would have become part of the Third Reich. The result would have been the murder of more European Jews as well as all British Jews and other ‘undesirables’. By standing alone and with great sacrifice of British civilians and military personnel (my own grandparents were killed in the London Blitz (25th May 1941) the British enabled Europe to escape the murderous regime of Germany’s Third Reich holding out against all the odds until the USA joined the war after Pearl Harbour. Perhaps some Europeans now forget the debt they owe the British which debt was incurred in my lifetime.

English Asparagus is in season – Hooray!

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Such a simple meal. Anthony Sargeant put this together yesterday evening (it would be pretentious to call it ‘cooking’) – fresh English asparagus from a local Shropshire farm, a poached egg, some local ham, and a spoonful of hollondaise. So simple.

via English asparagus — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

Shropshire woodland in Spring carpeted with Lesser Celandine

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Anthony Sargeant went to pick Wild Garlic along the Shropshire lane close to his home and found this woodland carpeted with the yellow star-like flowers of Lesser Celandine. A magical scene

via Shropshire woods carpeted with Lesser Celandine — Tony Anthony J Sargeant

If I was Theresa May ….

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Some weeks ago Anthony Sargeant said that, “if I were Theresa May I would have a general election now” – prescient or just logical?

Now once again let me say that …. “If I was Theresa May …”.    I would include in the Tory manifesto a cast-iron promise to hold a Scottish Referendum on some specified date – possibly in 2018 or 2019.