Sunday, 18 June 2017

Helmut Kohl Strasse / Platz / Flughafen ?

His corpse is hardly cold and already German politicians are competing in suggestions as to how he should be commemorated. Streets and squares should be named after him; No one has suggested an airport as yet but Mrs. Grütters, Minister of Culture, suggested setting up a government funded foundation that will carry his name.

This arrangement whereby politicians name roads,and various publicly funded assets after their deceased colleagues is very popular in Israel, where even C-List local politicians get streets named after them. The current prime minister Netanyahu, even arranged for his deceased father, to get a motorway junction named after him.

Why do politicians, senior as they may be, deserve eternal commemoration? If their achievements are worth remembering, history books will see to it.

I much prefer the British tradition: There are no Margaret Thatcher hospitals, roads or airports. There are not even Winston Churchill ones.


  1. For once I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment, although I wonder why - of all the many countries on the globe who name streets after politicians - you pick on Israel as a prime example.

    As for the facts unnfortunately you've got them wrong: Churchill Roads in London do exist, of course.

    1. You are right. I have now found three rather insignificant streets named Churchill in London (If they were indeed named after Winston Churchill). However, in other countries they would have named big, central roads after the man and the attitude in England is more low key.