Cromwell, Pemán and Historical Memory
Oliver Cromwell was the leader of the rebellion against King Charles I of England, a rebellion that led to the Second British Civil War in 1642 and the public execution of the monarch.
In 1661 Cromwell was exhumed from Westminster Abbey and subjected to the ritual of posthumous execution. His body was hung in chains at Tyburn for a time while his decapitated head was displayed on top of a post nailed to the entrance to Westminster Abbey until 1685. Today there is a statue in Westminster, opposite the Houses of Parliament. , which reminds us of and honors the first regicide.
On the other hand, in the heart of London,
in Trafalgar Square, the equestrian statue of King Charles I of England is located. Majestic stands on his horse the king who was executed under the pretext of being a tyrant.
Cromwell and Charles I were absolutely antagonistic English historical figures, so much so that one ended the other’s life and the latter’s successor executed the former, killing the former.
Both have their respective statues in preeminent places in London. Both contributed, each in their own way, to England being what it is today. The maintenance of both in the memory of the English helps English citizens to be aware of their history and that each draw their own conclusions. England does not need a Historical Memory Law.
In Spain, on the contrary, we have decided to equip ourselves with Historical Memory Laws whose purpose is, among others, to indoctrinate us on what and how to remember our history. These are laws emanating from our Parliaments and we must abide by them. The problem is aggravated when the Law is twisted by our left-wing politicians and they become a kind of «Ministry of Truth», in the purest style of George Orwell in ‘1984’.
These “Ministries of Truth” ignore the articles of the Law, which is already quite creative with History, and going much further, they try to make us forget all those who did not have a republican or left-wing thought in the years of our sad civil war. Those aligned with the right have no right to exist.
This is the case of Peman. Qualified oceanic writer for the vastness of his production and remembered by everyone in Spain for the indisputable quality of his articles and for a simply brilliant poetry. Also remembered for contributing to the reinstatement of the monarchy, a necessary lever in the transition to achieve the longest period of peaceful coexistence in the modern era of Spain.
This being so, the “Ministry of Truth” of Cádiz has decided that Pemán was a horrible being and that for this reason it is necessary to remove distinctions such as that of the favorite son of the City of Cádiz and suppress plaques that recalled the fact of his birth and his quality as a poet.
To achieve an atmosphere that helps achieve this goal, they have put to work an English writer, with a deep left-wing ideology, who, due to his lack of objectivity, is disqualified as a historian. This individual twists the facts, removes the context and sprinkles radical value judgments on his latest publication, achieving a truly embarrassing result for any reader with a minimum of criteria.
The story is one and its interpretation is diverse, but the interpretation that is manifestly biased under an extreme ideological turn can degrade it into a cartoon. The only thing that is reassuring is that the marked political inclination of this author, which more than inclination is genuflection, is well known and that helps to adequately assess his work.
The peculiar thing about the case is that this is done by an English writer, who by the way is making gold at the expense of our civil war, since it is precisely in his country where they have given us a great example of coexistence with the past.
The statues of Cromwell and Charles I are a great example of democratic maturity.