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Survivor of the Great Depression, RAF veteran Activist for the Welfare State Author of Harry's Last Stand Love Among the Ruins, 1923 & The Empress of Australia

Harry's Last Stand Harry Leslie Smith

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Survivor of the Great Depression, RAF veteran Activist for the Welfare State Author of Harry's Last Stand Love Among the Ruins, 1923 & The Empress of Australia

    Epilogue

    Epilogue

    Epilogue to Harry's Leslie Smith's Podcast Harry's Last Stand. A summing up and perhaps a continuation.

    • 7 min
    Harry's Last Stand Episode 13 Christmas

    Harry's Last Stand Episode 13 Christmas

    In the snug of a pub while the storms of austerity batter Britain, I chat with you about the effects of poverty during the Great Depression when the Yuletide was a time of despair, for those struggling to stay alive in a world corrupted by greed.

    • 8 min
    Harry's Last Stand Episode 11 We are all at the edge of Destitution

    Harry's Last Stand Episode 11 We are all at the edge of Destitution

    Our world is much like the world of my youth;we are all working the coal face for pennies a day. Our wages are flat but our expenses are rising while hope for a better tomorrow is diminishing. Don't ever think Conservatives can save us from destitution because their ideology and greed is what is making us poor.

    • 8 min
    Harry's Last Stand Episode 12 "I need your help"

    Harry's Last Stand Episode 12 "I need your help"

    My name is Harry Leslie Smith.
    My life is at eventide because I will be 95 in February 2018. For close to one hundred years, I have witnessed humanity at its best and worst. And right now in this present age, mankind is in one of its most difficult stages. It’s why I need your help today, so that I can complete the last great challenge of my existence before old age consumes me. I am one of the last few remaining voices left from a generation of men and women who built a better society for our children and grandchildren out of the horrors of the Second World War as well as the hunger of the Great Depression. Sadly, that world my generation helped build on a foundation of decency and fair play is being swept away by neo liberalism and the greed of the 1% which has brought discord around the globe. Today, the western world stands at it’s most dangerous juncture since the 1930s.

    • 6 min
    Harry's Last Stand Episode 10 Don't Let My Past Be Your Future

    Harry's Last Stand Episode 10 Don't Let My Past Be Your Future

    Harry Leslie Smith reads from his recently published book Don't Let My Past Be Your Future Britain is at its most dangerous juncture since Harry's youth - the NHS and social housing are in crisis, whilst Brexit and an unpopular government continue to divide the country - but there is hope. Just as Clement Attlee provided hope in 1945, Labour's triumphant comeback of June 2017 is a beacon of light in this season of discontent. Britain has overcome adversity before and will do so again - a new nation will be forged from the ashes of grave injustice.

    • 8 min
    Harry's Last Stand Episode 9-Love Among the Ruins

    Harry's Last Stand Episode 9-Love Among the Ruins

    I have lived almost 100 years and I am approaching the long night of nonexistence, but I am not afraid because I have survived much turmoil: the Great Depression, the second world war, the cold war, the deaths of friends and also the hardest blows to my spirit, the passing of my beloved wife and middle son. But now, as time dwindles down like a clock with an ageing battery, my heart still beats strong, content and free of rancour because of one single event that changed my life and forged a thousand moments of joy for me.

    Citizens of Hamburg going about their business in the streets, surrounded by bomb sites and a wrecked building with smoke still pouring from it in about 1943

    ‘When off duty, I stumbled through the ruins of Hamburg, overwhelmed by the hunger, the dirt, and the simple despair of ordinary folk.’ It was there I met the woman who became my wife 70 years ago on August 16, 1947 in the shadow of that shattered German city.

    • 14 min

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