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#idealog: lest we forget

An open letter by Siegfried Sassoon

published in The Times, 31st July 1917


I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects witch actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.

I have seen and endured the suffering of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust. I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed.

On behalf of those who are suffering now, I make this protest against the deception which is being practised on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacence with which the majority of those at home regard the continuance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realise.


The Grave by Don McLean
image: detail from Otto Dix’s War Triptych (1929-32)


#blogjammin: greenbelt

many of you will know all about greenbelt_

for those that don’t, it’s a brilliant festival (currently) held at Cheltenham Racecourse each August bank holiday weekend (so in just over a fortnight).

annually, it pulls together an impressive gaggle of musicians, artists, writers, activists, performers, poets, comedians, politicians, commentators, theologians and other interesting types, for a weekend of walking around, sitting down, thinking, performing, listening, conversing, eating, drinking, sleeping and dreaming.



the musical cream of this year’s crop include:

Gil Scott Heron, Courtney Pine, Beverley Knight, Ugly Duckling, Ty, The Dodge Brothers (Mark Kermode‘s band), The Herbaliser, Lovers Electric and Foy Vance

… and among the many notable speakers are:

Stanley Hauerwas, Oliver James, Claire Short, David Morrissey, Peter Tatchell, Roger McGough, Cole Moreton, Maggi Dawn, Abdul-Rehman MalikJames Wood, Ilan Pappe, Gareth Higgins, Michael Northcott and Simon Mayo

add to that: comedy from (among others) Robin Ince and Milton Jones, artwork by people like and including Peter Sanders, Jay Gadhia and Bobby Baker and contributions from hundreds of other good peoples and i reckon it all bodes pretty well for this year.

however … the one really impressive thing about this year’s greenbelt_ is the fact that here at RQT we have been asked to join the elite team that cover the festival for the greenbelt_ blog ( and contribute to the onsite newspaper. all this means that whether or not you will be at the races, you will be able to keep abreast of all the most important occurrences, in updates that will come with all the classic RQT wit, charm and frustrating, mostly-lower-case text that you know and love (although i might have to abandon the lower case fetish).


if you’re going to be there, as well as checking the greenbelt_ website and the blog, you can also follow things on Twitter: @greenbelt (after all, there’s bound to be extra coolness announced between now and the start)

also, do be sure to follow us – before, during and after the festival – for our take on life, both here and on Twitter: @rllyquitetired

new to RQT?
here’s a taste of some of our flavours:


…and there’s plenty more where they came from (HOME)