I only recently came across Harry Leslie Smith, although he has been writing for the Guardian for over a year and writing books for a very long time. He is 91 and is a social progressive, who writes with great passion about what he has witnessed during his life. He has just published his latest book, Harry's Last Stand, about the edifaces for social good that his generation built, such as universal healthcare, the welfare state and so on are being taken apart, brick by brick. Last November he wrote a piece about the way the British Government is celebrating the start of the first world war. The government here is doing exactly the same thing, although perhaps with even more of the population in support, as for some reason the pointless deaths of Australian and other allied troops in Anzac Cove has become seen as defining the Australian character. In Harry's words:
I find that the government's intention to spend £50m to dress the slaughter of close to a million British soldiers in the 1914-18 conflict as a fight for freedom and democracy profane.