Bye, bye, Buller?

And so the re-writing and air-brushing of Britain’s magnificent military history continues:

So this Labour council (who else?) have voted to remove a statue of General Buller, due to his ‘links to Colonialism’.

Not that these hand-wringing, self-loathing Lefties would know it, but Buller was famous for his role in wars against two of the least pleasant regimes in Southern Africa.

He won his VC fighting the Zulus: a militaristic, expansionist empire which existed by raiding and pillaging their neighbours, dragging off women and slaves, and looting cattle. Such was the enthusiasm of neighbouring tribes (and, indeed, even dissident factions of the Zulus themselves) to be rid of the Chetshwayo’s empire, that huge numbers fought alongside the British army against their hated foe.

When Kruger’s Boers – another expansionist regime, and a deeply racist one at that – attacked and invaded Natal in 1899, Buller was the man who ultimately drove them back out.

So what, we may ask, about Buller is it that we are meant to be so frightfully ashamed of? What is it about Buller that keeps these ghastly Labour councilors (is there any other kind?) up at night, other than their instinctive outlook of: “my country – always wrong”.

I think George Orwell put it best:

“In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during ‘God save the King’ than of stealing from a poor box. All through the critical years many left-wingers were chipping away at English morale, trying to spread an outlook that was sometimes squashily pacifist, sometimes violently pro-Russian, but always anti-British.”


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