No road naming for fallen Para....

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by OHF20, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. one for the bus?
  2. (Standing by to be flamed out of existence...)

    Why the hell is this a disgrace?

    Yes, this chap - along with many others who have worn the uniform of the British Armed Forces - gave his life. Does that mean that the world should fall apart and name streets and what-not after every service-person who has died in the course of their duty? Come on, get a sense of perspective...
  3. what she said.
  4. she?? ;)
  5. Wouldn't inclusion on the town's war memorial be more appropriate?

    The councillors have a point about not naming roads after people. IMHO, the practice was completely devalued in the 1980s by lefty councils renaming streets after their own particular 'heroes'. London has a 'Mandela Road', 'Nelson Mandela Road' and 'Mandela Street' as well as a 'Steve Biko Road'. They're all possibly twinned with Nelson Mandela Square in Glasgow, where the South African consular office is located.

    Labournet has a petition on their web site to save 'Bobby Sands Street', location of the British embassy in Tehran.

    I recall an episode of 'Only Fools & Horses' where directions are being given on the best route through Peckham to Dell Boy's lair at 'Mandela Towers'.

    'Drive down Mandela Road and turn right at the Mandela memorial roundabout. Keep going until you pass the council offices at Mandela House then turn left into Mandela Lane. Mandela Towers is down that road, just past the Mandela Arms pub.'

    Carve the lad's name onto the war memorial. People in years to come will know why he is being remembered. More importantly, they'll know it's not because he was once flavour of the month with the local council.
  6. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Wot he said.
  7. Seconded.
  8. Perhaps they could change his name to Pte Manders Croft, then everyone's a winner.
  9. As this is a general policy, not something specifically biased against the Armed Forces, I don't think that anyone need start revving the engine and shouting "All aboard!". Whilst fully understanding the reason behind the application and having the utmost sympathy on their loss for Pte Doherty's family, the voices of reason on this thread are, in my opinion, correct and the really fitting place for his name is on the War Memorial so he is remembered with his brothers in arms from all generations.

    Having said that, there's nothing to stop the family putting in a suggestion of Pegasus Road or similar for the next new public highway.