Re: British Government to create Office for Veterans' Affairs3 weeks ago
WWII wasn't an existential war for Canada like it was for Britain.
Canada could afford to create such an office in 1944. Britain couldn't. She was preoccupied, unlike Canada, fighting a life or death struggle.
We had more important things to worry about.
The British Army was all conscript cannon fodder and the British government couldn't have given a flying feck if they lived or died after their usefulness as soldiers was over. Demobbed British servicemen were lower than dirt in 1946 damned close to nothing was done for them.
Here in Canada, We had the CMHC which built affordable rental and mortgage purchase housing all across the country for demobbed vets. VA covered my father's University tuition and board. It did it for hundreds of thousands who could take their money in the form of tuitions or as cash payouts that were applied to starting businesses, etc.
Canada was a Victor. Giving support to our returning veterans payed back in spades and made Canada a rich country. We passed Britain by in personal wealth and the British never caught up, agsin.
Britain won the war but lost the peace ...and soon afterward, the rest of her old Empire. The parsimonious penny-pinching UK wasn't going to pay tuppence to any of those class inferior former soldiers nor give them a leg up. The British class system did not allow it. Britain was so broke they had rationing right up until 1954. The North American economy was on fire in 1954 and when your Gran was still using a tickey to buy a bit if sugar, Canadian veterans were buying humungus automobiles with bloody great wings on them. The UK was poor, backward, heading to Third World status and receiving foreign aid mostly because of that class system that would not allow the "lower classes" out of subsistence. Pure Orwellian control freak bullshit ...
The Germans outperformed you, even after being bombed flat and losing 6-1/2 million of their best and brightest.