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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Airbrushing History to Promote Multiculturalism

Britain accused of airbrushing out the role of Anzac troops in WWI in favour of New Commonwealth nations to 'promote multicultural UK'


Britain has been accused of airbrushing the role of Anzac troops out of this year's First World War commemorations in favour of soldiers from developing nations.

Reports in Australia claim no 100-year anniversary events have been planned by Britain that specifically recognise the sacrifice made by Australia and New Zealand. Instead, it has been suggested Whitehall officials in London have been briefed to push the efforts by the so-called 'New Commonwealth' nations.

This is despite 62,000 Australians and 18,000 New Zealanders who died in the Great War fighting for the British Empire. Another 156,000 from Australia were wounded and 41,000 from New Zealand.

According to News.com.au, British government sources have confirmed internal briefings on commemorations have not mentioned Australia or New Zealand once.

It is claimed the civil service has been told to concentrate on other British Empire contributions by soldiers from countries such as Nigeria and other dominions in West Africa, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Reports say the push is to promote 'community cohesion' and link younger generations of ethnic Britons today to the war fought by their forefathers. It is also seen as high-level support for old colonies like India which is experiencing a booming economy.

A government insider told News.com.au
'It's basically to remind Britons the First World War wasn't just soldiers from here fighting in France and Belgium but involved people from Lagos, Kingston and the Punjab,' a government insider said.
'There has been no mention of old Commonwealth Allies like Australia or New Zealand but more interest in celebrating the role from New Commonwealth countries. I think it's fair to say Commonwealth ties are being frayed a little on this one.'

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