Some of you may have seen stories about “We’re not celebrating Waterloo in 2015 because we might upset the French”.
Guess what. it was a load of right wing press bollocks.
I actually bothered to email the Dept of Culture Media and Sport, and asking, and this is the reply.
Dear Mr Hopping
Thank you for your recent e-mail, about the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, in 2015, not being celebrated.
I’m happy to confirm that what you have read in the press is incorrect, and that discussions are taking place within Government to determine how best to formally commemorate this anniversary.
Planning is already being carried out by Waterloo 200, an umbrella organisation which is overseeing the anniversary, and more information can be found on its website www.waterloo200.org
I hope you are reassured by this information.
Ministerial Support Team
Department for Culture, Media & Sport
The Daily Mail ran the original story. I won’t dignify them with a link. Remember, in the ’30s they supported Hitler.
You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
the British journalist.
But, seeing what
the man will do
no occasion to.
‘The Uncelestial City’, Humbert Wolfe, 1930