Reflection on Rembrance Day 2013

This comment by one Harry Leslie Smith caught my attention. It appeared on the Guardian Website Comments Section on 8 November :

“Over the last 10 years the sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders. The most fortunate in our society have turned the solemnity of remembrance for fallen soldiers in ancient wars into a justification for our most recent armed conflicts. The American civil war’s General Sherman once said that “war is hell”, but unfortunately today’s politicians in Britain use past wars to bolster our flagging belief in national austerity or to compel us to surrender our rights as citizens, in the name of the public good.”

Spot on Harry!

CUiSL looks at the life and work of Ralph Miliband

On 5 November Dr Peter Latham gave a paper to the Communist University in South London on the life and work of Ralph Miliband. Peter drew on his experience as a former student of Ralph Miliband at the LSE in the 1960s and on his research for his book The State and Local Government (Manifesto Press – £14.95 – available at Go to to read the paper.