As with the pre-emptive hatchet job on the Leveson Inquiry’s report, where the Mail went after Inquiry assessor David Bell, the whole range of invective has been thrown in. But the title, “WHO WILL SPEAK FOR ENGLAND?” misses the inconvenient fact that the UK has other component countries. Not until paragraph 17 does the rant concede this, and say that they mean the UK, even though they didn’t say so earlier.
The then Lord Rothermere was happy to be photographed with Adolf Hitler. He personally contributed an article headlined “Hurrah for the Blackshirts” to the Daily Mail. When Hitler moved to annex the Sudatenland in 1938, he sent the Führer his congratulations. After the Nazis had completed their invasion of Czechoslovakia the following year, he congratulated Hitler once again, and encouraged him to invade Romania.
Miliband, with his father, had walked all the way from Brussels to Ostend to get on one of the last boats to leave before the Nazis arrived. As a refugee, he had no obligation to do military service, but volunteered anyway. For this, Dacre smeared him as “The Man Who Hated Britain”. In the meantime, Dacre’s father Peter, when he turned 18 in 1943, avoided being called up for military service by using the cover of a “reserved occupation”.