Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 145 )
‘And where do you think they will attack?’ I asked. ‘I am of the opinion that there could be fighting on several fronts, but I think the one concerning the British will be the Western Front, Holland, Belgium and France.’ ‘ And do you think that British forces will be involved?’ ‘Almost certainly, The French were our allies in the Crimea, so I would imagine if they were involved we would go to their aid, I know a lot of our politicians see it that way.’
‘But what is all this really about? And how do you know so much about it?’ ‘ I don’t wish to sound pompous!’ stated Arthur, ‘ But I do know lots of people in Senior positions, both in the Government and the Military, one does hear things you know.’ ‘ But why now, in God’s name,’ I asked.
‘Expansion,’ said Arthur, ‘ That is the problem, take Africa for instance, she has gold , diamonds and doubtless other minerals, hide, skins and ivory. Every country in Europe wants their own piece of that particular pie. We in Britain, of course have the Lion’s share, but competing with us are France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Holland or the Boer’s as they prefer to be called in Africa, now do you see the crux of the problem?’ He explained.
‘Every country in Europe wants to increase it’s possessions abroad, for various reasons, but mainly it is about power and control, The great game, if you would have it so!’
(C) Damian Grange 2019