31/01/2020 - Published by


Peace Prosperity Friendship

Among the red and blue lights, flags, cakes, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding canapes and various departing tropes being trailed around the United Kingdom today, is a charming little 50p coin with the inscription. “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and today’s date, January 31.

Now, before we start, yes there is the matter of a missing comma, but, leaving that aside (see my solution at the end of this post), the words on the coin, are powerful, particularly that word peace.

There is no real way of predicting what impact our leaving the European Union will mean for a lasting peace, but, whilst trade agreements and other highly political positioning will dominate, we need to commit ourselves to the pursuit of sustainable peace.

Those that use violence, the extremists who seek to destabilise society and the terrorists, have no respect for borders.  In many of the recent incidents of violence, people impacted have come from all parts of the UK, Europe and beyond.  Terrorism is not a crime against individuals or locality, it is one against society.

Our work in preventing terrorism, and supporting people affected, has a truly international dimension.  Our reconciliation efforts and some of the health and well being support is funded by the European Commission, sharing of best practice comes from membership of pan European networks, and the European Commission has just announced the award of a seven figure Euro contract to a consortium to create the European centre of expertise for victims of terrorism.  It is unclear what, if any, role we will now play in that. Isolation is not the answer, and neither is clamming together as a homogenous group.  We need cognitive diversity and collective effort to achieve peace.

The Peace Foundation will work to keep promoting peace at all levels: individual, family, neighbourhood, regional, national and international.  We will seek to continue our active role across the European continent.  We will also ask for your support to do this.

The missing Oxford comma is perhaps not the most pressing matter today as three million coins hit the streets, with a further seven million to follow.  There are also three versions of the coin available to buy from the Mint – an uncirculated cupro-nickle version for £10, a silver proof for £60 and a gold proof for £945.  The most expensive coins have now all been reserved but the cheaper two are still available to purchase.  But, if any of our supporters or donors are struggling with the grammar, then we would be delighted to take them off you or receive coins as a donation.  With your Gift Aid agreement, we could increase the value and make that engraved word of peace a reality! TO DONATE CLICK HERE