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Shock announcement from Buckingham Palace

And there it is at the DCMS website:

"The Queen has decided that November 11 shall be observed as Remembrance Sunday, and the Secretary of State, on behalf of the Cabinet, is making the necessary arrangements for the ceremony at the Cenotaph. The customary Two Minutes' Silence will be observed from 11.00 am".

Well that is a surprise. Given that Remembrance Sunday has been commemorated continuously since 1945 (It was Armistice Day before), I would have thought Her Maj's flunky's would feel a little silly announcing things like so.


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Blogger Ed said... 10:30 am

You are forgetting that the world only came into existence with the ascent of Gordon "Jesus" Brown to the position of High Representative of The People. Anything which happened before Day 1 of the Kingdom of Our Gordon is a false memory.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:34 am

A sort of Kirkaldy Year Zero, maybe?  

Anonymous verity said... 2:31 pm

HM is a canny old thing and I am sure is well aware that the socialists want to ban these kinds of services. So she announced it by decree.  

Anonymous Tommy Atkins said... 7:51 am

"the socialists want to ban these kinds of services."

What evidence do you have for this, Verity?  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 10:17 am

TA, The Huntsman has what you ask for:

"This letter appears in Today’s Telegraph and I reproduce it in full. It speaks for itself, in a voice of anger, controlled, of course, but anger nonetheless.

Sir - On Remembrance Sunday, in common with thousands of other small villages across the land, a dwindling little band of veterans will gather in our village and then march to the sound of our silver band to our war memorial for the time-honoured Service of Remembrance.

This parade has been an annual event since the end of the First World War, just like all the countless others in this country. However, petty bureaucracy increasingly conspires to put as many difficulties in our way as possible. Last year, we were told that instead of just popping in to the police station with a polite letter asking them for help to control traffic during our parade, a formal application to the district council under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 would be required.

This year, not only must we apply for a formal road closure (with copies to our local police "service", county council and highways authority), but we have been sent a stern warning that if the council is required to do extra waste collection or street cleaning as a result of our activities during the parade then an hourly charge of £54 will be raised against us.

On top of all that, I have now received a letter from our local police, telling me that we must provide a written risk assessment for the parade – a risk to the police or parade participants, I am not sure.

Where do these people come from and what education have they received?

Colonel David Black (Rtd), Osmotherley, North Yorkshire

Does anyone, I wonder, have a tumbrill and a guillotine to hand?

Posted by The Huntsman at 10/03/2007 09:28:00 AM  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:23 am

(Shakes head in utter disgust).  

Anonymous verity said... 1:31 pm

Thanks, HG.  

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