This blog post is on recent row over Daily Mail’s article on one of Britain’s famous Marxist thinker, professor and writer– Ralph Miliband.
After reading Daily Mail’s article on Ralph Miliband, only words that I could hardly find justifying its title – “The man who hated Britain” are below:
“…..The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world . . . you sometimes want them almost to lose (the war) to show them how things are. They have the greatest contempt for the continent . . . To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation. “
Even if Daily Mail want to crucify Ralph Miliband for above words, please remember that these were written – in his diary, not meant for publication – when he was 17 years old! Opinions of a 17-year-old immigrant boy about the people of new place he landed in – could they be really branded as that of a person who hated this country? I beg to differ.
Of course I can see Daily Mail’s pride getting hurt on mention of “humiliation” faced by Britain on its loss of empire during last century. But surely that was meant to happen. Not only Britain, but France, Portugal and Spain too lost their empires over the course of history; no country could have continued to forcefully occupy other nations for eternity.
The teenager who wrote above words in his later life served the Royal Navy, became a professor of Politics in this country and brought up two sons who themselves became political leaders followed by faithful millions. How can any of above traits be that of hatred? Only the Daily Mail can boast careless arrogance and stupid theories to accuse this man of hatred towards Britain.
I am not a Labour supporter; neither am I a fan of Ed Miliband who utters illogical statements like “I want to make capitalism work for working people, not destroy it”! I also do not think we should judge the whole life and outlook of a noticeable writer this country produced by the words he wrote when he was 17 years old.