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Letters to the Editor – Monday, 28th November 2016

Today’s letters look at two “events” last week: the political interference into the democratic vote to leave the EU by two former PMs, and the death of Fidel Castro. The first letter is from our contributor Richard Mott:


I never rated John Major. I found him drab to watch, boring to hear and hard to take seriously. Upon his defeat in 1997 he retired from the active political scene, I hoped never to be heard from again. And so it was for many years until the Brexit campaign when he decided he had been quiet long enough. In he waded, contemptuously, arrogantly and all guns blazing, and the bile he directed at those who wished to leave the EU was undiluted. His side lost in the biggest act of democracy ever witnessed in this country and yet, in a behaviour now so typical of our modern times, he has donned the mantle of bad loser. In his latest outburst he calls the Brexit decision the ‘tyranny of the majority’. Just think about that for a moment! What he is saying is that when more people want something than those who don’t, the majority are dictating – yes, dictating – to the minority. There was no mention of the democratic will of the people. To extend this perverse mindset of the world he now inhabits, it means that every MP who won a seat at the general election is dictating to those who lost. Therefore, come 2020 (if not before) it should follow that, in John Major’s cloud cuckoo land, the person with the fewest votes should be elected to the Houses of Commons. How patently absurd!

Democracy is in serious danger in this country. Anyone who decided to take a long, hard, honest look at what is going on will see that it is, in fact, the tyranny of the minorities that blight this country. To you, John ‘Deadwood’ Major, I say this: you don’t have a brilliant political legacy as it is. It was you who signed us up to the Maastricht Treaty. It was your government that so ignominiously had to exit the Exchange Rate Mechanism and incur the subsequent loss of confidence in Conservative economic policies. In 1997 you lost in one of the largest electoral defeats since the Reform Act of 1832. At 73 years of age, and clearly in declining mental health, you are now simply making a fool of yourself. Shut up, get yourself an allotment and grow vegetables, where you will be among friends.

Respectfully, Richard Mott

Today’s second letter is from our contributor Byron Sanford, giving his  observations on the death of Fidel Castro:


Fidel Castro’s death is a day millions of Cubans around the world have waited for, for decades. Tyranny, a command economy, economic stagnation, and isolationism brought Cuba to her knees financially, but hope never left the hearts of the Cuban people. In the early hours of Saturday morning, hundreds of thousands of Cuban-Americans rejoiced throughout Miami-Dade County, as they heard the sensational news. One should embrace the death of every communist despot, given that it’s communism that directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of innocent civilians throughout the twentieth century. Sworn in as Prime Minister in 1959, and elected President of the National Assembly in 1976; Fidel was determined to prop up terrorist governments around the globe, whether it be the Chavista Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the quasi Republic of Zimbabwe, or the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. Castro guaranteed economic and military support whenever possible, while the international community, aside from the United States, turned a blind eye. Freedom and liberty will not come to Cuba overnight, for Raul Castro currently occupies the seat of power. Regardless, this momentous occasion is news, which lovers of liberty should welcome with open arms. How tragic it must have felt for Cubans who fled by boat as refugees to the United States. Innocent Cubans watched as their homes were stolen, cars seized, and wealth confiscated. Throughout the decades, the British government recognised the Communist thugs as a legitimate government. Whether it be Labour or Tory, both parties made it clear they would continue diplomatic relations with a terrorist state.

If UKIP were ever to come to power, it would be imperative not to make such a grave miscalculation. Never should a government of a free society enter into diplomatic relations with a regime known for aiding and abetting terrorists. Any compromise on such an issue is akin to tolerating the deaths of innocent Cubans who stood foursquare against the Castro regime. Repeating the mistakes of the past would be a folly in the eyes of the innocent victims, which in turn, would be a crime against humanity.

In due course, the people of Cuba will be free to aspire to new heights and dreams as their pain and suffering wash away. While we should not arm a violent rebellion against President Raul Castro, we should welcome any Cuban-led revolt against his tyrannical reign, stand morally next to the Cuban people, and make it clear that we shall never tolerate the actions of a government that was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians who were brutally butchered due to their intellect, support for capitalism, and opposition to wealth redistribution.

One day, the children born in Cuba will be born free once more.

No mas negocios con criminales y comunistas!

Respectfully, Byron Sanford, UKIP Chairman for Barnet & Hendon

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9 Comments on Letters to the Editor – Monday, 28th November 2016

  1. There is much in the current news-sadly-about abuse and i”m sure we all hope that there will be speedy & efficient investigations followed by criminal charges where appropriate.What we do NOT hear about is both the current & historic abuse of democracy & sovereignty committed by past & present politicians.Any half decent lawyer should be able to identify the abuses that have taken place in the UK in the surreptitious handing over power & control of our laws, taxes,business practices,fishing industry,etc.This subversion/treason or other abuse of power,democracy & sovereignty should be investigated & those involved should be held to account.If found guilty, those involved should be stripped of any honours, appointments,salaries,pensions and other expenses.We should not allow the political elite to evade scrutiny and punishment where appropriate-in such serious matters while others ARE CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED for their activities.

  2. Anyone know how Guantanamo in Cuba came to be used by the States as a prison Camp? What’s the arrangement and how did the Yanks arrange it?

    • Roger,

      It was a former military base and still is, it was ceded to the Americans by the previous regime before Castro on a lease of 100 years from approximately 1906. Now the Americans have refused to give it back much to the rancour of the Cubans.

      I know this because we were in Cuba in May this year and went on a tour, not to Guantanamo Bay you understand, the guide told us that the Cubans see this situation as an occupation on their territory, as you can imagine they are generally none too fond of the Americans because of the embargo imposed on them.

      As a result of that the guide told us they fly most of their national flags at half mast until this land is returned to them and the invaders are ousted out of their country. But having said that they say on the news they are now flying their flags at half mast because of Castro’s death, so that bit may not be true.

      When talking to Cubans in their own country they can be very guarded and reticent about discussing politics for obvious reasons. I hope that answers your question Roger.

  3. Isn’t it strange how many horrible dictators keep going into their extreme old age, when the only hope for their people is the death of those disgusting old terrors. I suppose Castro’s brother will stagger on now for what will seem like forever. Mugabe in Zimbabwe, about 95, is another case in point.
    Democracy, with its 4 or 5-year terms in office, is so precious. I think we should copy the American system and legislate that no PM can have more than two consecutive terms in office. We would have been spared Blair’s three terms in office, and Margaret Thatcher’s too, come to that.

    • Panmelia,

      I would agree with you democracy would be a great thing if every time we vote we did not end up with the same people under a different banner, that it is why it is imperative UKIP makes some headway now. We have got to go forward and expand otherwise you can kiss democracy goodbye.

  4. Brilliant letter, Richard Mott! Especially, ‘tend the vegetables where you’ll be amongst friends’.
    Everything you said also applies to Blair who, with a different but equally disastrous record in power, has no right to say anything about what’s going on now to anyone, anywhere, anyhow. If only he’d join Major on that vegetable patch – they could argue about who’s got a bigger turnip for a head.

  5. I also note that Mrs May and the Polish Prime minster have been having a little ‘girlie’ chat today, admiring each others shoes. I wonder if she did a bit of plumbing on the side for May, as soon all the cheap foreign labour may be coming to an end, there again it May not. Depends what the courts decide I guess.

  6. I see that Arron Banks has sent a message saying he is on a long cruise to India and he is not very excited about our new leader. Well, why did he bother tweeting then? We certainly are not missing him, in fact why does’nt he just stay in India, then I might get excited about him.

    Bye Bye Arron, you are no longer needed or wanted as far as I am concerned.

  7. Cuba is slowly but surely exiting from the iron grip of “los Castros” and we’d be best to encourage Raul to continue the process, not encourage some sort of revolt. Provided that they don’t actively help communist insurrections elsewhere and there is little evidence of that, let sleeping dogs lie.
    The regime Fidel toppled was ghastly and just as bad as his own. Most Cubanos on the island are reasonably content, if very poor. Those who went to the USA can look after themselves.

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