My late father would have been 90 today! Having sat in the rear gunner turret of the Lancaster 'Just Jane ' in a Lincolnshire farm yard,
looking out onto rainy open fields a few years ago, I wondered just just how he must have felt doing it for real almost 70 years earlier, already 200 miles from home and about to set off into the black skies over Germany and at the age of just 23 how could he contain such fear?
As part of Squadron35 Pathfinder group he would have be among the first crews to leave, later the same squadron was ear marked for the Tiger Force destined for Japan, but the Americans dropping the atom bomb meant he was spared this having survived numerous raids over Nazi Germany, instead the freshly painted white Lancaster's of his Squadron where given the honour of 'Goodwill tour' of the USA in recognition of that countries contribution to the war. (You can view the video of this tour below!)
I was dismayed when our Lame-Duck prime Minister claimed to an equally Lame - Duck US president that we were junior partners in the second world war. (Click on this blogs title to see the response from the PM to my complaint to this comment). I doubt if my father his Australian pilot Bob Newbiggin, his fellow crews from New Zealand, Canada, Poland and Singapore, as well the gallant day light raider from the USAF would have considered any of them as junior partners. Bomber Command lost 56,000 in night time sorties whilst the USAF lost over 44,000 in their day light raids. All this was done n the name of our freedoms, our right to vote and the democracy we all too often take for granted today!
We were denied the right of a vote on the EU referendum this week yet the majority of UK citizens want it, and whilst the capitalist protesters have closed St. Paul's for the first time since WW2 and before, I would appeal to them that no matter how just they feel their call is please make way this November to allow those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms to be remembered with dignity, it is the authorities who are at fault not the common people!
Blundering Cameron also set out an assault on so called 'absent' fathers' on fathers day in June seeking to align them with drink-drivers! Well as a professional HGV driver of 35 years who has been alienated from his sons ages 15 and 12 for the past 4 years by the very system he and his ministers are content to preside over,in spite of wide ranging corruption at many levels I must object. Once again I have had a 4 page explanation from the Ministry of Justice giving the PM's view and indeed the Governments ethos on Family Justice and I will probably publish this before 5th November 2011.
So on the 5th November 2011 some 67 years after my dad was carrying out exercises over RAF Bottesford, I will be standing at Churchill's feet in Parliament Square, London with my banner saying enough is enough of this and justice must prevail, and unlike the capitalist protesters I know exactly what I am demanding; Justice in the family Court, and its affiliated agencies and equality in parenting so we can at last see JUSTICE4CHILDREN here in the UK and around the world!