Eighty years ago this nation was at a crisis. Politicians of the day worked together for the good of Britain and Europe. The monarch was respected and brought hope to the people suffering – visiting Coventry after the horrific bombings, addressing our nation and urging us to pull together to fight against fascist powers that were oppressing the poor, the weak and the scapegoat Jews. It was a time where national values and pride meant doing the right thing for our neighbours.
Fast forward to today. We have in power an unelected leader who is treating our Queen with contempt, as a tool to be used as he sees fit. We see those in high office treat our honourable institution of parliament with utter disrespect – lounging on the front benches. New scapegoats are created. Our traditions are trampled. Unelected oligarchs and manipulators hold powerful positions. The similarities with the fascist regimes that “Great” Britain united to defeat are startling.
We will have a general election soon. It will be a test. Has our nation abandoned the values that we once held dear, and for which men and women gave their lives in our finest hour? Or will truth and goodness prevail? This will not be an election about Brexit, but it will be a test of what we are as a nation. It will be a test of our values. I hope and pray that we will choose truth, justice and honour.