Comparisons with the holocaust or any other dark period in human history for that matter (such as Apartheid or Slavery) always are going to stir up emotions and create controversy… but at the same time can also generate some healthy debate if people are adult enough which I’m certain Joe (and others here) are…
Although both are on vastly different scales of severity, there can be a number of parallels drawn between “Social Cleansing” and “Ethnic Cleansing”, and yes plenty of stark differences too – but that’s not the point Joe’s making.
I’m sure you don’t need anyone to point out for you this is still his personal blog, his comments are his own and he has every right to express them here just as we all have a right to reply.
When our society is facing the very real prospect of waving goodbye to an affordable NHS worth using, goodbye to the welfare system which millions of vulnerable people depend on to keep them alive, no council or social housing remaining, an inadequate education system for one section of society and a superior system for others based mostly on social class then I’d agree with the sentiments…. we’re ARE heading towards some degree of very troubling social/economic period reminiscent of decades gone by.
The majority of the poem has been re-written to make reference to these issue, I can’t see any direct mention of the appalling events during WWII.
The man in the sketch obviously resembles a street-homeless person, he’s begging for change in the street. I don’t think that’s something victims of the Holocaust had the privilege of, but a character we’ll be seeing more of soon, uncomfortable as that is to accept.
History has taught us, there will always be a time and place when we will find ourselves saying questioning our consciousness, concluding “I didn’t speak up” ….when perhaps really I should have.
It’s not like anyone’s calling the coalition fascist, we all know the difference. Economically oppressive, class-persecutory and a little vindictive (in some quarters) maybe.
I offer my thanks to him for putting into words my thoughts, perhaps he sees what i hoped people would see, i feel a sadness that one individual prefers to read into the use far more than was intended.