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Email received from Roger 30th September 2005

"I could never work out how these sorts of things like Nazi Germany and the Holocaust etc. came about. Now we know.."

When we were in London we stood at the now blocked entrance to Downing St. Two, at least 12 ft high railings with concrete in between and 3 or 4 police with riot gear and some sort of machine guns stand there just behind the first row of railings.
 
 I couldn't help myself. Standing directly in front of one of these policemen, I said to my son, "Eight years ago you could walk down this road with no harrassment. Now look at it. All to boost that little prick`s ego." 
"Come on dad, you`ll get arrested.. "
 " I don`t give a toss," I said, looking the policeman in the eye.
He never moved but looked straight ahead.
 
Silly thing to do. Fortunately the policeman was middle aged or more  -and secretly probably agreed.
 
I am reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang.  Bloody hell. Anybody that wants to learn about life under Mao should read it. Horrific.  And then we have this farce in Brighton. 
 
 I could never work out how these sorts of things like Nazi Germany and the Holocaust etc. came about. Now we know; ignorance, propoganda, fear, starvation, and giving very young impressionable people with nothing between their ears a little bit of authority and let them run riot. Simple.