Remember this reality when mediocre members of parliament and extremist politicians alike use the language of war in their arguments and in politics in general.

First published in April 2019.

“War is sweet to those who have no experience of it, but the experienced man trembles exceedingly at heart on its approach.” Pindar (518 BC – 438 BC)

Many people have taken to social media to show their anger and their shock at mediocre MP Mark Francois’ decision to invoke so many military images in his recent letter to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady.

As Steve Bullock rightly described them, the following tweets are “story after story of parents, grandparents and friends too damaged or sickened by their experiences of the horror of war to even talk about it.”

This is why those who didn’t experience war — i.e. Mark Francois et al. — should be more respectful and more careful in their choice of words and choice of analogies in politics.

Here is a selection of tweets about the experience of war:

We could easily publish hundreds and thousands other such testimonies to prove the simple point that war terminology or war examples should never be used for political points related to Brexit, the European Union or otherwise, and that politicians should never abuse their freedom of speech to ignore other human beings’ suffering.

Brexiters will very likely never read this article, and this together with Francois’ idiotic, appalling letter show how very little respect they hold for others, vets and all the victims of wars.

And to fellow journalists: do not give Mark Francois (who gets easily aroused by the sound of his own voice) a platform to talk his Brexit nonsense. There is no reason for such a mediocre MP to appear on TV unless you are complicit in creating a Farage 2.0 worse than the original.🔷

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[This is an original piece, first published by the author in on 13 April 2019. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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