Published: 13 April, 2012
• Of course, Islington Council agreed to change the historic name of Islington Green so that it becomes a military memorial space (In memory: a green for veterans, April 6).
No one today dares to suggest that we are being pushed towards a military culture in every possible way, from more special military days and monuments to the parades at the Olympics.
It helps to stop people from asking why we British are today foolishly into war after war.
If we really cared for our military we would not be raising voluntary funds for those who are wounded and
for the welfare of the relations of those killed.
Such money would come from our national budget as a debt of honour to be paid.
One councillor says our servicemen and women are “a fantastic group of people”.
Certainly they are, as too are our fire brigade and police officers, lifeboat and ambulance crews.
We are not short of military monuments and memorials.
Let’s call a truce on any more.
(ex-Royal Tank Regiment)
Vice-president, Movement for the Abolition of War
• Few people would deny that our servicemen are worthy of honour and respect.
Yet how unnecessary it is to rename Islington Green.
Is this a vanity project by Councillor Gary Poole?
Are we to have the Memorial Town Hall next?
Leave the Green be.