Should respect have been paid to the Royal Artillery War Memorial despite on-going demonstrations? (Picture: Matthew Chattle/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
In today’s MetroTalk readers are sharing their views on the on-going Israel-Hamas war and its subsequent protests.
A reader has written in regarding the pro-Palestine protest, which saw the desecration of the Royal Artillery War Memorial. Though not deemed an offence by the head of the Metropolitan police, he goes on to say, not every offence is a criminal.
Meanwhile, readers demystify the Conservative Party’s plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda explaining the supreme court’s conclusion that deemed it ‘unlawful.’
What do you think of our reader’s letters today?
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‘This isn’t the first time the police did nothing.’
A reader says for the Met Police to not consider this an offence is offensive to the families and memories of those who fought and died for Britain in World War II (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
When I saw pictures of pro-Palestine supporters desecrating the Royal Artillery War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner on Wednesday and heard the head of the Met say it did not constitute an offence, I was reminded of 1936 and Oswald Mosley.
The British fascist leader marched hundreds of his Blackshirts through the streets of London waving Nazi flags and the London police also did nothing then.
My uncle volunteered for the Royal Artillery when newly married in World War I. His son, aged 18, also volunteered and left on the first troopship for France in September, 1939.
As a small boy I watched him with curiosity and excitement as he departed. Months later he was captured at Dunkirk and escaped from the Germans, hidden by a French family in northern France. At the end of the war, he married their young daughter and never returned to England.
Another cousin, also in the Royal Artillery, was part of the large Commonwealth Army that surrendered tothe Japanese in Singapore.
Rather than be taken prisoner – and being a powerful swimmer – he escaped and swam three miles to a US cargo ship.
The ship eventually sailed away and when it finally arrived in San Francisco he was considered a hero. He returned to the UK and then was sent to his regiment in north Africa.
To say that there was no ‘offence’ when this war memorial was desecrated is to miss the offence caused to all those whose families served and lost their lives in service of their country in two world wars and many other conflicts. Derek, London
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