Harry Leslie Smith


Born
in Barnsley, The United Kingdom
February 25, 1923

Died
November 28, 2018

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Harry Leslie Smith was a British survivor of the Great Depression, a Second World War RAF veteran and, in his 90s, an activist for the poor, for refugees and for the preservation of social democracy. He wrote for numerous publications including The New Statesman, The Daily Mirror, The Tyee, International Business Times as well as the Guardian where his articles have been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook and have attracted huge comment and debate. He authored several books about Britain during the Great Depression, the Second World War and postwar austerity. He lived in Yorkshire.
Harry Leslie Smith books are represented by Greene & Heaton. His books include 1923, The Empress of Australia, Harry's Last Stand, Love Among
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As a legacy to Jo Cox we must light a lamp of reason and compassion across Britain.

The lights of democracy grew dim yesterday when Jo Cox our comrade was murdered while serving her constituents and this country as a Member of Parliament.

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Jo in person our paths crossed on social media and we followed each other on twitter where I learned much about her passion for social justice.

Through her tragically brief parliamentary career I admired h... Read more of this blog post »
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“In November, when our nation remembers her fallen soldiers and honours the lost youth of my generation, the Prime Minister, government leaders and the hollow men of business affix paper poppies to their lapels and afford the dead of war two minutes' silence. Afterwards, they speak golden platitudes about the struggle and the heroism of that time. Yet the words they speak are meaningless because they have surrendered the values my generation built after the horrors of the Second World War.”
Harry Leslie Smith, Harry's Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It

“The sepia tone of November has become blood-soaked with paper poppies festooning the lapels of our politicians, newsreaders and business leaders … I will no longer allow my obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror and our elimination of one’s right to privacy.”
Harry Leslie Smith

“There are so few people left alive from back then, you may as well be talking to them about the Black Death. Nobody recalls the shite in the 30s and that were fucking horrible. For Christ's sake, nobody wants to remember the shite in the 80s. It's all forgotten and swept under the rug by the newspapers and the BBC. They get nostalgic about the music, but they never want to mention the misery. It's all shite. As for the bloody Second World War, the politicians only talk about it when they need an excuse to go pissing about in one of those fucking Muslim countries.”
Harry Leslie Smith, Harry's Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It

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