Mer­chant Navy Day flag fly­ing thanks

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Thank you to who­ever was re­spon­si­ble for fly­ing the Red En­sign on the coun­cil of­fices on Septem­ber 3, Mer­chant Navy Day.

It’s good some peo­ple still re­mem­ber the lives lost.

David Pear­son, Clachan Seil.

Gov­ern­ment shirk­ing re­spon­si­bil­ties

Sir, When I served in Iraq and Afghanistan more than 10 years ago, it was clear then a hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis was loom­ing.

Refugees of con­flicts that the UK has been at the heart of have been shunned and shamed as greedy mi­grants rather than vic­tims of war and terror. At the heart of this sham­ing are all those who refuse to ac­knowl­edge the hor­ror of a par­ent hav­ing to de­cide be­tween the per­ils of a boat jour­ney that could mean their child’s death and stay­ing to face the con­tin­ued terror on land.

So what is the UK gov­ern­ment pol­icy for deal­ing with refugees? Italy, Greece - a coun­try in­no­cent in any in­volve­ment in these illegal wars - and many oth­ers are tak­ing our re­spon­si­bil­ity on their shoul­ders.

To shirk their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and even worse, to at­tempt through dis­grace­ful pro­pa­ganda to sug­gest ul­te­rior mo­tives for hu­man be­ings in dire straits sim­ply try­ing to stay alive.

Hugh Moodie, Rothe­say.

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