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Cambridge students under fire for rejecting Remembrance Day

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 11 Okt 2018 17:25    Onderwerp: Cambridge students under fire for rejecting Remembrance Day Reageer met quote

Students at Cambridge University rejected a motion to honour British war veterans on Remembrance Day.

The commemoration on the centenary of the end of the First World War was proposed at a meeting of the students’ union council by Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA). The motion stated that the council should “encourage the commemoration of British war veterans on Remembrance Day across the University of Cambridge”.

Opponents described it as “imperialist propaganda” and put forward an alternative motion that removed the words “British war veterans” and “Remembrance Day”. Instead it proposed that the council “encourage the commemoration of those whose lives have been affected by war across the University of Cambridge”.

Timur Coskun, the chairman of CUCA, said that the voting down of its motion by the students’ union was “downright disgusting”. “We think this is ridiculous. All we wanted to do was raise money for veterans,” he said.

Stella Swain, who put forward the revised motion, said it was “vital that we recognise all different backgrounds and don’t just focus on British war veterans”. She told the Varsity student newspaper that the original motion’s focus on “valorising war” was deeply disturbing.

Demilitarise Cambridge said that the original motion’s “insistence on supporting British troops to the exclusion of millions of other victims of war is jingoistic, imperialist propaganda”.

A final vote failed to support either the original or amended motion.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cambridge-students-under-fire-for-rejecting-remembrance-day-8v8hpm3wq?shareToken=3d6cd84007d1a08eec9976d88bd9bd12
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BerichtGeplaatst: 15 Okt 2018 16:37    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FROM CAMBRIDGE HAVE VOTED AGAINST PROMOTING REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY AND POPPIES.

Cambridge University’s Student Union voted against a motion put forward by two members of the university’s Conservative Association, as it glorifies war.

A student union spokesman said: “Discussions were not about erasing the past but broadening the focus of remembrance to include those who suffered and died wherever they were in the world.”

Stella Swain said: organisations should “reshape remembrance away from glorification and valorisation of war” and campaign “against militarisation”, adding that “all lives lost and affected by war”. Henceforth, any mention of British war veterans, remembrance Sunday or poppies were removed from the motion.

Mr Palmer told the Daily Telegraph: “It is something I find difficult to comprehend – that students can’t be grateful and respectful of previous generations and their sacrifices.

“It is easy to judge from a distance when you have the luxury of safe and comfortable democracy. We have an enormous debt to our Armed Forces in this country.”

I struggle to see how remembrance Sunday and poppies glorify war. If anything, it does the exact opposite.

It makes us remember the loss and sacrifice and to ensure that never again millions die on the battlefield.

If you were to go back just ten years and tell someone that the UK and it’s universities would be so liberal and politically correct that in 2018 students from Cambridge would vote against promoting poppies people would have laughed at you.

This is now the world we live in.

Thankfully, the British public has not ignored this disgraceful act by these Cambridge students, with tens of thousands expressing their anger and frustration online.

I hope those involved in voting in favour of this motion to not promote poppies or remembrance Sunday have a long hard look at themselves and readjusted their mindset.

I feel like young people these days (especially university students) lack patriotism and respect for the UK. They do not understand this nations history and the sacrifices generations before endured.

https://politicaluk.co.uk/2018/10/cambridge-university-students-have-voted-against-remembrance-sunday-and-poppies-2/
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