The UK Government has been accused of trying too hard to avoid upsetting the Germans by making sure the centenary of World War I is not too triumphalist or patriotic, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper reports that Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has defended the Government’s position, arguing it would be terrible if events were to cause tensions between European countries.
‘It would be a tremendous tragedy if this just became an anti-German, anti-Turkish festival,’ he said.
‘Equally, it would be a tragedy if we forgot what happened, if we forgot why we fought, if we forgot we won.’
Pickles’ comments came after Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, said the Government will maintain a neutral stance about who was to blame for the conflict.
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