Reflections on D day

By David Theobald

I have been wondering today why I was so exercised by yesterday’s D Day commemorations and, in particular, by our Prime Minister’s non-attendance in the UK and/or France. I think it is because the day stood for all I was brought up on as being right and proper, and our ‘leader’ (sic) represents all we appear to be heading for. A conservative (small C) western upbringing versus a postmodern dystopian hell.

I was very moved by the pictures and utterances of the D Day veterans, all nonagenarians at least. I was impressed by the sincerity they exhibited in what they had to say. They all appear to believe now what they believed when they were in their early twenties, literally putting their lives at stake for society’s good. I was brought up on that.

D-Day was only seven years distant when I was born. My most prized possession when I was about eight was my father’s book on how to recognise friendly and enemy aircraft from their silhouettes. I have sadly lost this but I recently came across a letter written by my father in 1942 to one of his mates just after he had been called up and was undergoing Basic Military Training in Exeter. It was small talk mainly: complaining about the food, missing home etc. etc. but no complaints about the fact he had been called up. It was what he had to do because that was what society dictated and he accepted it. My father went to Normandy at D+6 (I think) but never talked about it – ever.

In no small part those who served in WW2 are responsible for us being able to live in a western society that has never been so prosperous. Harold Macmillan said in 1957, “You’ve never had it so good” – and it has only got better from there. And why? To my mind, the basic principles upon which western society has been built (individual liberty, rule of law etc. etc.) are the key. These principles have stood the test of time (measured in centuries) and should be conserved – a conservative view of the world.

But what do we have now? Living at a time that has never been so good for the civilised world, we have postmodernism, the apparent raison d’etre of which is to just deny all of that, and moreover, to dismantle it. Why? Do they think they have something better (as yet undefined – to me at least)? Well, how would we know, as we are not allowed to speak about it. It is not part of their methodology to speak about it, to have a dialogue.

You either agree with them or become the butt of their name-calling. You are not allowed to argue ideas, not allowed to use logic as something upon which to base your thinking.

As an individual you have to be regarded as an embodiment of one of their loathed groups; you are a something-aphobe, a fascist, a Nazi etc. etc. As an aside, our nonagenarians had to face real Nazis who were armed with bombs, shells and bullets, not just using strange hair colour and hurty feelings as weaponry.

So the postmodernist is a victim as part of their victim group, and you are an oppressor as part of your oppressor group. If all this came from Marxism, their fundamental tenet of money and property being the identifier of victim and oppressor has failed and so the discriminators have morphed into race or gender.

Gender: this is a linguistic sleight of hand as gender has replaced sex. Chromosomal makeup is pretty much unarguable and therefore of no use to them. The idea that gender is a social construct and you are whatever gender you fancy is a) an endless fount of victim groups and b) ridiculous. On the most facile level, just look at the absurdity it is starting to make of women’s sport; it has the potential to completely wreck it.

Does our PM have postmodernism as the basis of what she does? I don’t know. I don’t think she is very bright and I think being part of a group with an ideology is good enough for her. Someone said last night on ‘Backchat’ that her no-show at the D Day commemorations was because she was getting poor political advice. I think it may be more that she is getting very good political advice from other members of her group whose intentions very clearly are the postmodernism utopia. I am not the first to observe that she has very few leadership qualities – perhaps she is just the useful idiot.

Back to the beginning. Yesterday was not the first D Day anniversary I have lived through (obviously) but it is probably the first where the stark contrast between where we have come from and where we might be (are?) going was brought into such clear focus. We have a huge choice in front of us. Do we want what Harold Macmillan saw 60 years ago as the future for our grandchildren (I am of that age now) or do we want what our current government appears to be aiming for? And as I said above, I am not really sure what that is.

For me that is not a difficult choice, but I am not confident my choice will be shared by the majority.