I have been watching the excellent programme on BBC Four - The Making of Modern Britain. It was especially good tonight because it was about the thirties, finishing this week with the outbreak of war in 1939. A lot of it was a time I remembered - early in the thirties, when I was born, was a tough time for the working man and my father talked about it when I was a child, so I grew up knowing a lot about it too.
The old footage on camera was brilliant - , the rise of the Blackshirts, a succession of weak Prime Ministers - Baldwin, Ramsey McDonald, Chamberlain - Churchill's arrival back on the scene.
If you aren't watching it I urge you to catch up on it . It is a fascinating history lesson from beginning to end - ought to be compulsory viewing in school.
Of course, as with all life, it is easy to be wise after the event but it shows up such glaring errors in government here, attitudes to places like India and most of all foreign policy. Let's hope we've got it all a lot more in perspective these days. I can't help wondering how such a film in the future will view Brexit.