Welcome to my day: 9 April 2018 – I went to a marvellous Party…

Having managed to get into a country that doesn’t exist last week, it would be nice to be somewhere less absurd this week. Unfortunately, I’m in Brexit Britain… However, a responsibility is a responsibility, and so I take up the baton as LDV’s Monday Editor again.

Today sees the 480th anniversary of Christian III of Denmark entering his country into the Schmalkaldische Union, and the 153rd anniversary of the end of the American Civil War after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse.

So, what do we have for you today?

Harry Samuels makes his debut in response to last week’s criticism of the sugar tax, and offers a rather different view on the matter.

Chris Bowers has had a weekend of experiencing the inhumanity of Germany during the Hitler years, and has drawn from that experience to make a plea for making the passionate case for the European Union’s success.

And finally, I take a look at a little known corner of Europe, and examine some of the issues that further enlargement of the European Union might face.

I say finally, although, if anyone else has something that they’re burning to say, one should never rule out the possibility of something else being published…

And, to kick off the day, I am led to understand that, apparently, thirty-four new political parties have been formed in the past three months and so, in tribute to them all, here’s Noel Coward…

Let the day begin…

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  • June Andersen 10th Apr '18 - 9:17am

    Yesterday was also the anniversary of the day Hitler’s troops marched into Denmark and Norway in 1940. Our Prime Minister was in Copenhagen yesterday to discuss the British withdrawal from the EU and I should hope was reminded of the significance of the EU’s role in preventing wars.
    June Andersen, Member North Norfolk Liberal Democrats

  • @ June Are you Danish, June ?

    Your post revived memories of Dad who landed his Hawker Typhoon at Kastrup, Copenhagen on 3 May, 1945 – 24 hours before the official liberation on 4 May. He parked up and had chatted to FW 190 pilots who would have tried to shoot him down 24 hours before. Officially the war went on until 8 May.

    Never again, should be our hope and aspiration.

    Later, in 1946, he received a parcel of bacon and cheese from King Christian as one of the first thousand Allied troops into Denmark. We’ve still got a book and a Little Mermaid statuette that came with it.

    Here’s something more cheerful for you than 9 April, 1940.

    Copenhagen ‘Liberation’ – YouTube
    Video for liberation of copenhagen 1945▶ 4:17

  • My Danish friend thinks having such a simple question on the 2016 referendum ballot paper about something as complex as the EU was insane.

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