|John (scouse) Hirons|
Membership Level: Full
|The British response to our people trapped in Libya is a disgace, thousands of foreign nationals of other nationalities have been brought out by their governments a hand full of ours have been help to escape not by us but by the Portuguese, Dutch & Belgium governments & as at the moment we still haven’t done a thing. The once mighty Britain organised the occupation of virtually half the world but now can’t organise 2 miserable charter aircraft. Days after every other country had started pulling their nationals out we are still doing nothing except making excuses, blaming everyone else for our failure & making lame statements like "the British Government is doing all it can for our nationals" little wonder we’re a laughing stock.|
How different from our reaction to the thousands of Britains trapped in Spain during the ’ash cloud’ incident. The then British Government organised fleets of buses & shipping to get us home. I was stuck in Salou, after a few days I was given the emergency consular number. I got in touch & was told to report to Barcelona airport the next morning. On arrival we were greeted by tired looking but friendly consular staff who ensured we had food & drink before putting us on a bus for Calais. They even arranged for me to be met at the port by the French red cross who once again fed & watered me before taking me to the ferry were the consul had ensured I would be met by a member of the crew to get me aboard. They hadn’t finished on arrival in Dover they had arranged for me to be met by an NHS team who gave me a check over before giving Sandie & I a hot drink & breakfast. What a fantastic exercise in logistics. Now getting two lousy aircraft is beyond their abilities, what’s changed as if I didn’t know.
A situation may be desperate but never serious