FAO Simon Wood Head, Crisis Management Department Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Date 9 November 2015
Dear Mr Wood,
Thank you for your letter of the 5th of October. I have been unwell. You display irritation in my persistence. Any irritation should be felt by me. I asked straight questions and should have received straight answers. They were a. why were only 8 bodies brought back on each of the C17 flights and b. the cost of the 4 flights carrying the 28 coffins.
You answered a. with the fact that 8 chapels had been built at Brize Norton and that respect was to be given. I understand both, but I know that some military families found it incongruous and perhaps upsetting that a military type ceremony was used to take each deceased person to the chapel. As for the cost in a country where 'austerity' is in every broadcast, I have to find that by looking each month at the FCO account spreadsheets via the link you gave me. I have said before that the FCO must have had an estimate of cost from the MOD, and if it did not, maladministration is the charge. I exclude the vulgar possibility that the staged repatriation was not done to further dramatise mass 'jihadi' killing.
I have looked at your 'Support for British nationals abroad: A guide' and note 'Making special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil unrest or natural disasters.' The FCO response has been appropriate under this heading to the mass homicide in Sousse.
2nd November 2015
Dear Letters Editor,
You report (WMN 30 October 2015) that a 'disappointed Mr Cameron tells inquiry to speed up its publication of report.' Some will be surprised that he is not being more cautious given his part in the bombing of Libya which country has since descended into chaos and violence.
The bombing took place under the fig leaf of Security Council Resolution 1973 Chapter VII UN Charter.
One of the eight key points of the resolution was " authorizes all necessary means to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas, except for a "foreign occupation force". It is claimed that there were at least 50,000 civilian deaths, and particularly in Sirte.
Separately to - Dr Alison Diamond MB ChB CE of the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Dr George Thomson MB ChB Medical Director (NO REPLY)
Dear Dr ….... and doctors on the CCG board,
We write as doctors to doctors, with over 300 years of service in the NHS between us, because the service is in crisis. We have especial concern about the closure or downgrading of Community Hospitals (CH) and how that will effect the competence of the District General Hospitals to deal with the ever increasing need for medical care. We list just a few signs of this crisis for brevity. We have no conflicting interests, our concern being only for the maintenance of good, rational services for all patients.
We know the duties of your public body was made clear by Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE Chief Executive of the NHS in England on 29 July 2010
• support from GP commissioners;
• strengthened public and patient engagement;
• clarity on the clinical evidence base; and
• consistency with current and prospective patient choice.
We will return to these rules later.
'Bring peace and stability to Syria' says Cameron
PM yesterday 13.00 hrs 3-09-15
Dear Mr Stride,
I was very pleased to hear that Mr Mercer and Mr Burrowes had spoken for the refugees from Syria. No doubt they would include those from Libya.
The moral obligation is complete given that the UK has joined with others in overthrowing the Syrian state as it exists. The 'rebels', almost all imported terrorists who are supported by the surrogates of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are also given communications equipment by us and the SAS are active there I am told. UK Tornado bombers have been on sortie against IS without the knowledge of parliament.
It is worth reminding ourselves that Syria was a stable country, albeit with some Sunni undercurrents. Its growth rate was 10% I think before the 'rebellion'.
Dear Ms Godfrey,
Good morning. Time passes. I have taken preliminary advice from a lady barrister who specialises in ''planning'' with a possible judicial review in mind. I had heard from local people as to how ''prior approval'' can be revoked, and then read it up.
Given that TDC was given 'false information' (euphemism) after Ms Kelly Grunnill Senior Planning Officer asked a clear/unambiguous question - No 2, it would seem to this layman that revocation of the 'prior approval' is the way out of this mire for TDC.
Perhaps TDC is worried the appeal will stay live. I would hope that an inspector would kick it out quickly given the travesty of this most recent application.