Thursday, December 22, 2016
Prince Charles Gets It, Warns of the Return of the Ghosts of 30s Populism
Echoes of the past, the 1930s to be more specific. Around the world nations are plunging into the pit of populism and the heir to Britain's throne won't bite his tongue.
Prince Charles has warned rising populism across the world has "deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s."
Speaking in a four-minute radio segment recorded for the BBC's Thought for the Day, the first in line to the throne said it was "beyond all belief" that humanity had not learnt the lessons of the holocaust.
"We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith," he said.
"All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s," he said.
"I was born in 1948 – just after the end of World War II in which my parents' generation had fought, and died, in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhumane attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. That, nearly 70 years later, we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief. We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past."