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