The media is crammed full of coverage about the recent student ‘riots’, especially those centred on London, our capital city – and home to many iconic memorials.
There are no excuses for the behaviour of some of those students. We live in a democracy and that democracy allows for demonstrations, but swinging from a flag hung from the Cenotaph brings only a sense of disappointment.
The Cenotaph remembers The Glorious Dead – our glorious dead, those who gave their today for our tomorrow. Many, especially those from the First World War, were younger than those students.
Should there be a punishment for such defilement? Their guilt might be punishment enough and let’s hope they realise that such actions do nothing for their cause. Further education isn’t necessarily a right – those who have given their lives for their country didn’t have that right. Let’s hope that students of today realise this before it’s too late.
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