|Englishmen and women have always
done their duty in resisting authoritarians
Today we celebrate what would have been Mammy’s 100th birthday. She was promoted to Glory two years ago, a victim of the nervous nineties, so missed out on a birthday card from Her Majesty.
Born exactly 105 years after momentous naval victory over the combined might of the French and Spanish navies, Nelson’s much quoted line “England expects every man to do his duty” was used to encourage recruits to join the armed forces in 1915, a few months after the start of the First World War, when Mammy was born.
She was neither an intellect, nor a great sportswoman, but Mammy was loving and kind.
These attributes she did her best to pass on.
A few days ago my wife and I were invited to school to see our grandchild given an award.
It was an award For being kind.
It’s easy to spot the most most sporty, or brainy classmate, but to identify the kindest kid in the class is more difficult. But it’s far more important, by a country mile, for worldwide peace.
Kindness is the most important attribute any of us can have.