Good thing we won the Battle of Britain.
Otherwise, people might be forced to join in singing patriotic songs to prove their loyalty to the regime.
Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on the Battle of Britain:
“The heroism of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain is something to which we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude. The loss of life, both civilian and military, should be commemorated so that we honour their lives and do all that we can to ensure future generations are spared the horrors of war.”
Jo Caulfield wrote on Facebook:
“The media are already trying to make a story out of Corbyn not singing the National Anthem at the Battle of Britain Anniversary.
“This is an eyewitness account from a serving officer
“I would like to mention that during the service at St Paul’s today, Jeremy Corbyn stood in dignified silence during the National Anthem, unlike the Secretary of Defence who was busy looking round and trying to catch the cameras. Thank you Jeremy for coming and paying your respectts and not show boating and glad handing as Mr Cameron did. A man standing in dignified silence shows greater respect for the fallen than a noisy peacock and the PM and Defence secretary were not dignified.”
“The fact is he was there properly dressed, wearing a tie, good on him. Well done him. He is a pacifist and not a royalist but he has gone along and stood in the front row.”
[Update: Costa Coffee had provided free sandwich lunches for all guests at the service. Jeremy Corbyn picked up one of their paper bags: he was also carrying another bag. Various Tory bloggers promptly started claiming that Corbyn had “stolen” two free lunches meant only for veterans.]
Battle of Britain: 10 July – 31 October 1940.
Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force (544 aircrew killed, 422 aircrew wounded, 1,547 aircraft destroyed) with the Luftwaffe and Regia Aerona (2,698 aircrew killed, 967 captured, 638 missing, 1,887 aircraft destroyed). Fought in British airspace (around 40,000 civilians killed, 50,000 wounded). Polish and Czech airmen fought in the Battle of Britain on the Allied side.