Opinion – ‘We’re in limbo’: the families marooned at a British military base for 16 years | World news | The Guardian – John Gelmini

The UK has a long history of asserting rights of dominion over places and then abrogating its responsibilities.

The UK,  as Dr Alf knows, does not recognize the rights of Kurds to their own independent state, so these people cannot “go back there” as there is no country to send them to.

Cyprus used to be a colony, which is why the UK fought a counter insurgency against Eoka terrorists in the 1950s, led by the by Archbishop Makarios, whose grave lies in the Troodos mountains.

Now that Iraq and Syria are coming under the heel of the newly emerging ISIS Caliphate, these people could argue that they have a fear of returning to where they came from, which would then mean they could stay in the UK as refugees with a real fear of persecution.

The UK allows 250,000 illegal immigrants to enter the UK each year using purchased NI numbers and bogus documentation to stay here and work. It allows rogue mosques including two in North London to allegedly preach sedition and treason, radicalize young men who then go abroad to commit murder and acts of terror and then return to a slap on the wrist.

Rightly the UK government should feel shame over its treatment of these unfortunates.

John Gelmini

When I met Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan at Camp David

Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan at Camp David (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US First Lady Nancy Reagan with UK Prime Minis...

US First Lady Nancy Reagan with UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although it was over twenty-five years ago, I still have an extremely vivid memory of the night when I met Margaret Thatcher.

It was at a cheese and wine party in Finchley, North London; it was sponsored by the local Conservative Association for people to meet their Member of Parliament, who was also Prime Minister.

Aides told us that when Margaret Thatcher arrived that we should stay where we were as she liked to “work the room” at her own pace, and she always managed to talk to everybody. We shared some small talk with the aides and were reminded that Margaret Thatcher played a full part in her political constituency.

When it was our turn, Margaret Thatcher was interested in where we lived and I asked her about the whiskey in the tumbler in her hand. She replied that she treated herself to one glass of whiskey and soda each evening. The conversation was very natural, ordinary and soon she was talking to somebody else.

I have always been a passionate Margaret Thatcher supporter. I was extremely saddened at the way the Conservative Party conspired against her and brought her down. She never deserved that humiliation. I remember well the photos of her in tears as she was driven away from 10 Downing Street after she was hounded from office.

I have been a Conservative Party supporter all my life. My political views are set out in my blog. However, for me, after Margaret Thatcher’s downfall, the Conservative Party was never quite the same.


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