We will remember them

I have been asked to mention the snub to the Queen from France, who failed to invite her in time to attend the D Day Remembrance this year. Apparently the French also delayed and were less than fulsome with their invitations to Uk veterans from that heroic liberation of France.

The French President may well have eyes only for President Obama and all the TV pictures their meeting can generate. I do not suppose for one moment our veterans – or our Queen – would have stood in the way of the TV shots he wanted.

Uk troops made a crucial and vital contribution to D Day. We will remember them.

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16 Comments

  1. Sam Armstrong
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    How could that socialistic nation ever truly understand freedom?

    • oldrightie
      Posted May 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Exactly. Yet they, with The German political class rule over us!

  2. Citizen Responsible
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    The failure of the French government to invite the Queen (the only head of state who served in uniform in World War II) to the 65th and last major D-Day Remembrance is an insult and a disgrace.

    It is an insult to the British survivors of the battle to liberate France and to the memory of the British and Canadian men who gave their lives for the cause. It is an insult to the Queen who last year, rolled out the red carpet at Windsor Castle for Sarkozy and his new wife for their state visit. This is how he repays her hospitality.

    Of course, Sarkozy wants to concentrate on repairing the damage he did to his relationship with President Obama at the G20 summit in London by teaming up with Angela Merkel to oppose the Anglo Saxon fiscal stimulus and demand more financial regulation.

  3. Mike Stallard
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    And where was Mr Brown? Couldn’t he, at the centre of the web of power, have fixed this instead of offering to represent the UK himself?
    The poor old French in their smart little kepis – first of all flattened by the Wehrmacht in 1940, then Dien Bien Phu, then Algeria, then Guinee, now kicked out of Africa altogether.
    No wonder they have got such an inferiority complex!

  4. Mark
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I suspect that the problem was not the French but our own beloved Prime Minister who is not, thank God, our Head of State. Is he going to be there? If so, will he be on the TV news next to President Obama? If I am wrong, I apologise to Mr Brown. But if I am right, he is shameless.

  5. Glyn H
    Posted May 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    French dilatoriness? Doubtful; even as a Eurosceptic one cannot but believe the French have proper and decent manners. Could this be the Brown (formerly Blair) Government yet again getting it utterly wrong and then seeking to benefit by pushing themselves into the lime light? QEtQM funeral by way of example? I have just cut half a page of abuse and merely offer your readers (should you be kind enough to let this through) the thought that Mr Brown considers he is the most appropriate person the represent Great Britain at this 65th anniversary? The fertie from Fife in place of HM?

  6. A. Sedgwick
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    This is another example of the sham EU – De Gaulle started the arrogant disregard of our sacrifices and it seems the current leadership has not moved on regardless of our supposed European Union. We also have the running sore of Gibraltar with Spain currently testing our resolve again. I was surprised to read that Gib was classified in the SW region for the European elections and presumably is part of the EU. On this supposition I think it is time that we offered the Gibraltarians the option of becoming an integrated part of the UK. If I remember my history the Treaty of Utrecht predates by four years the union with Scotland!

    • alan jutson
      Posted May 31, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

      From the papers this morning it would seem that the Spanish have been given the right by the EU to the manage the waters around Gibralter (Our original designated waters)

      Time will tell if our Government do anything about it.

      The longer it is allowed without challenge, then the more likely you will eventually see a Spanish flag flying on the rock !!!!!!

  7. Neil Craig
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    There were more British troops than US ones & far more British & Commonwealth (mainly Canadian) at D-Day. To be dair to the yanks most of the weaponry was built by them. Still it was not a US liberation with a bit of help as so often portrayed.

    On the other hand everybody gives the Canadians too little credit too.

  8. Adrian Peirson
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    We don’t need the EU, if the British people were truly set free, I mean monetarily, coining our own money instead of Borrowing it from Privately owned central banks the entire EU would have to follow our example or Drown in our Wash.
    Over to you Generals.

  9. [[NAME EDITED]]
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    For sale: French WWII rifle. Never fired. Dropped once.

  10. D P Dance
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I understand that if the Queen does want to go Gordon can get he a ticket.

  11. Coeur de Lion
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    “Crucial contribution”? There were more British and Canadian troops at D-Day than American. Brit Airborne did better. British invention and use of specialised armour (flails, swimming tanks etc) got GOLD beach head five miles deep on Day One, unlike Omaha bloodbath.
    But don’t forget USA was fighting another war in the Pacific.

  12. Johnny Norfolk
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Again Labour has allowed this to happen and brings shame to our country. Even Mr Obama is at a loss about how it happened.
    Seeing Brown there will just make me feel sick

    • alan jutson
      Posted June 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

      Johnny

      Understand Prince Charles is now to go, (todays news radio) representing the Queen and Country.

      Interesting to hear Mr Obama on TV interview last night offering to work to get the Queen invited.

      From Mr Brown on Andrew Marr Show Sunday, I will get her invited if she wants to go. Yeh Right, as if she is going to ask HIM.

  13. Amanda
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Labour, EU, Brown, who rules us now, the sound of pennies dropping all over the country is getting very noisy, and not before time.

    Yes, we will indeed remember them and what our fathers and grandfathers fought for, and I will also remember who it has been who has let the current state of affairs happen. Who should have been opposing it? Who should have been reporting it? Who should have been doing their best for Britain rather than themselves?

    Remove patrotism and all you get is self-serving interest. Remove personal responsibility and all you get is petty regulation.
    Remove excellence and all you get is stupidity.

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