The going down of the sun

9th November 2017 Socialist Action 0

The article below, by Paul Atkin, addresses how the slaughter of World War One is commemorated in Britain. It was originally published here in August 2017 at the time of the Passchendale commemoration.

As with the Somme commemoration in 2016, such rituals were set on the hundredth anniversary of the start of the battle. It is relevant to read the article now, not only because of Remembrance Sunday on 12 November, but because the battle itself did not end until 10 November 2017, with a post script at Cambrai between 20 November and 30 December.

Why Michael Gove missed his mark on World War I

3rd June 2014 Socialist Action 0

The following article by Paul Atkin, challenging the myths promoted by the British government about World War I, was originally published by CND.

When Michael Gove wrote his piece in the Daily Mail lambasting “left wing myths” about World War One; he might have been surprised by the dusty response he received, even on that paper’s website. He’d set up the usual targets, fired off the accustomed clichés and blown some patriotic dog whistles, but 70 per cent of responses were hostile.