The Hyde Park War Memorial

It was quite predictable, I suppose, that both John Howard and Tony Blair would make some political capital from the unveiling of the new Australian war memorial in Hyde Park, London, yesterday.

I watched the ceremony on BBC World and, sure enough, both leaders managed to draw parallels with the two great conflicts of the 20th century and the war on terror. Given my opposition to the Iraq war, I guess I’m overly sensitive about this, but I find it quite distasteful that on a day when we should be commemorating the sacrifices made by ordinary men and women, we have to endure the mercantilist rhethoric of Howard and Blair.