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Thread #95050   Message #1848027
Posted By: GUEST,erictheorange
02-Oct-06 - 03:12 AM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl - coward or traitor?
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl - coward or traitor?
>>GUEST,thurg
>>Date: 01 Oct 06 - 02:28 PM
>>
>>A couple of people suggested changing the scurrilous
>>title of this thread but it hasn't been done - any
>>comment from the moderators?

While not wanting to stir things up I have to say that I think most in my grandparents' generation would have assigned one of the two descriptions in the post title to a deserter. Certainly members of my own family, who between them served in most of the notable battles fought by British forces, occasionaly expressed similar sentiments about deserters, while being generally understanding of those who chose Concientious Objection.

While you personally may not like the descriptions, with what information we have available about MacColl's desertion I'm sure there are many that would think them appropriate.