Monday, 11 April 2011


Courtesy of Sue, Muffled Vociferation, on Twitter, my attention has been drawn to this issued by the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Under the heading "What do young Europeans know about Totalitarianisms?", it states:
"Purpose of Conference: to focus on the importance to provide objective and comprehensive information about the totalitarian past, as public discourse can lead to a better, deeper understanding of our shared history and a greater feeling of unity. There is a need of an adjustment and overhaul of European history textbooks and curricula, so that young generations can learn and be warned about all the totalitarianisms in the same way as they have been taught to assess the crimes of the Nazi; to keep the memories of the millions of victims alive, to warn future generations of the dangers of totalitarianism, and to promote a greater feeling of unity and understanding among Europeans." (my emphasis)
 I seem to recall other rulers attempting to rewrite history to serve their own idealogical ends - something we have just recently witnessed with the spat twixt Osborne and Darling over who, exactly, was responsible for this country getting involved in euro bail-outs!

The second section emphasised caused me, once again, to reach for my copy of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary - totalitarian:
Totalitarian: "of or relating to a centralized form of government requiring complete subservience to the State."
So the EU commisariats wish to warn future generations about the shortcomings of their own system - brilliant! Only politicians, ex-politicians and bureaucrats could have dreamed up that policy!

Update: The EU most certainly does not believe in democratic legitimacy: "Democratic legitimacy? It's not necessary."


Sue said...

I knew you would appreciate the irony in this one :)

I must admit, it left me speechless.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

Damn fine spot Sue and as I said: thank you!

Sue said...
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Sue said...

Sorry, my eyes are going funny. I needed to put my glasses on.

Do you realise that what we are documenting could seriously impact the way people look at this era in the future? We stand for truth.

We must document all this as much as possible. It is so important that their version of history is seen as a huge lie!