On this day in 1939 Jews in Lodz Poland are ordered to wear the yellow star of David.
This piece was written, 1st July 1916 on the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme
Everyone who reads this will have had their lives shaped by European War, we do not know our relations who fought at Jutland and the Somme, but they were there. All of us have places empty at our tables because of it, cousins who were never born, sorrows that poisoned the lives of our parents and grandparents that lead into another horror, slowly, inexorably. It can happen again, it will happen again, unless we stop it. Us. You and me
We were betrayed then by a bankrupt political class and they are doing it again, before our eyes, these evil men who conflate their own ambitions with what is good for all us. Curse them all.
20,000 people died in one day at the Somme– almost the current population of Orkney.
We will stop our politicians doing this again. We are all types of the ordinary people – we are the farmers, the fishermen, the artisans, the writers, the people who work in coffee shops, the sick, the unemployed. We are the people who make up Britain, Scotland, England,
What this country is like is not up to these fools and idiots who govern from Westminster. It is up to us now. We are the people who really determine matters. If we offer a cup of tea, the country becomes friendly; a bed for the night, it becomes hospitable.
Every part of me wants Scottish Independence, more than ever. BUT I have lived in England for a long time. I have family, lovers, colleagues, decent people. I will not abandon them to the far right and to Fascism – and make no mistake, the Fascists are back and their fellow travellers.
How we enable them to come here and be safe matters. We created a Scottish Independence movement that is supported by the new Scots who have come here from England. We must go further. I don’t know how yet, but we must think about it on this anniversary of a day when 20,0000 people died.