Thanks to councillor Dick Cole leader of Mebyon Kernow for bringing mu attention to this petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34282Calling for the e British Government to allow the return of the
The Chagos Islanders were forcibly evicted between 1967 and 1973 so that the British Government could lease the largest island, known as Diego Garcia, to the United States for the construction of one of the biggest military bases in the world.There's no irony in the leader of Cornwall National movement to bring out attention to this . Dick Cole is a progressive in the same manner of most Plaid and SNP MPs and it s a pity he has not yet joined them in the UK parliament. But at the moment. its hard for MK to gain ground in a Cornish Constituency which are mainly LibDem/ Conservative marginals and the lead Parties spend a fortune fighting the seats
The expulsion of this community has been condemned many times as one of the “most shameful episodes in British post-war history” and the consequences of their exile has been very severe. Many families continue to live in terrible poverty in the slums of Mauritius and many have lost loved ones, with suicides being particularly common.
The islanders have won a number of victories through the court system, but the last Labour Government refused to end the injustice. In 2004, Tony Blair even invoked a royal prerogative, which did not need the support of the House of Commons, in order to ban the islanders from ever returning to Diego Garcia and the surrounding islands. (read more on his Blog here).
He fought .the St Austell and Newquay election gaining a respectable vote .
|General Election 2010: St Austell and Newquay|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Gilbert||20,189||42.7||-4.5|
|Mebyon Kernow||Dick Cole||2,007||4.2||+4.2|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||-4.8|
However when Dick Cole hefought the St Enoder county division for the New Unitary Cornish Council , achieving a 78 per cent of the vote, comfortably beating the Conservative and Lib Dem candidates into second and third places respectively.[
I wish him well in the future and thank him for bringing my attention to this petition for one of the most disgraceful acts of the UK and USA governments who keep telling us how they have Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq bringing Democracy to the people there . When they have troops in this small Island excluding its people from even living there.