Memories of the Family

Yesterday, 8 May 2020 was the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, yet it’s only today that I consider what my family did during the War. My Dad was a Civil Servant and then volunteered to join the RAF and served as part of Bomber Command; he was in India on VE Day (I think?). My Mum was a Civil Servant, sufficiently senior to be in a reserved occupation, her thanks was to be fired when she married my Dad. Her sister was a driver in the ATS, and if the personal is political, a radical feminist, although the words now mean something else. My Mum had two brothers, one, a fighter pilot who died in the Battle of Britain, the other, a merchant seaman, who survived.

This isn’t really a wiki article, I’ll probably repeat it on the blog; I wanted to make it loop but couldn’t find the runes. Eventually, I just repeated the slides, just the once, so they display in a single loop. I have documented my findings on youtube embedding elsewhere on this wiki.

It was meant to be simpler than making a slide show carousel.

Labour Market, 1945-55

Various things have led me to consider the post-war “return to normality”. It started with the ideological establishment of the cold war, and the portrayal of the Soviet Union as new enemy against the experience of much of the demobilising military. I consider the recommencement of strikes, the re-establishment of deference, like Lee, the establishment  of Churchill’s reputation as a war hero and the relocation of women back in the home rather than the factory. Here are some notes. … Continue reading “Labour Market, 1945-55”

Class War 1939-1945

I was pointed at this review of, Chris Bambery’s book The Second World War: A Marxist History (2014) which takes a different from normal view of the politics of the second world war; the story where the people’s of the last democracies in Europe united with the United States to fight its fascist blight. This blog article looks at the US financial contribution to the Allied war effort, the Tory Party, even Churchill’s, ambivalence in fighting fascism, and US Capitalism’s contribution to the fascist victory in Spain. The review is more comprehensive and the book would seem to be even more so.  For more here, see below/overleaf. … Continue reading “Class War 1939-1945”