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Like a lot of other people in South Shields I am more concerned with the plight of the Japanese (and the Libyan) people right now, every spare minute seems to be used in assimilating and analysing news reports. So matters such as how to get life back into our Market Square, or more shops in King Street will have to wait, they seem so trivial right now.

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Written by curly

March 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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  1. These “natural” disasters, which then provoke unnatural manmade disasters make us all feel so vulnerable, but also stir our compassion and concerns for the victims. Sadly,during the course of several centuries tens of thousands of English citizens of all ages, classes and conditions have died in conflicts and wars on English soil as this country evolved into a relatively free and democratic society. For example ,how many people remember the “Hexham Massacre”?

    LL.B

    March 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    • The family of “Patterson” ought to remember it well.

      curly

      March 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

  2. I agree, the difficulties of those in Africa and Asia are prominent in our minds. Is it just me, or can we detect the inexperience of the government in its handling of international affairs? It appears they were quick off the mark to suggest the Libyan leader was off to South America, quick to assert the need for a no fly zone, quick to back what may be the losing side, slow to evacuate British nationals, quiet about a similar response to Saudi and other Arab nations that have a less democratic, yet just as dubious institutions than Libya. Then there is the debacle of not being responsive enough to allow for the British international rescue team to remain in Japan. In a previous era these would have been sufficient to warrant the resignation of the Foreign Secretary. The government seems out of sync. I’m not degenerating to party politics here, but we must agree it has been a poor show from HM government!

    Kevin

    March 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    • In short yes….and no.
      I think our government was caught up with many others in wanting to back the losing side in Libya, and was one of many who dithered over making decisions about a no fly zone, but yes the slowness to respond to evacuations was dreadful, and the response to the situation in Bahrain is just an embarrassment, however we should ever be mindful of the fact that people will have “the government that they deserve”. The debacle by officials in Tokyo ought not to be laid at the feet of the Foreign Secretary simply because it happened “on his watch”, but it will be, I somehow doubt that he had any involvement in arranging the correct papers.
      I guess the previous era that you spoke about was long before the emergence of NuLabour, and I’m sorry degenerate to party politics here.

      curly

      March 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      • Yes I refer to the good old bad old days of Thatcherism. E.g. Lord Carrington 1982. A man I admired he didn’t need to go. Hague on the other hand is very much in his shadow.

        Kevin

        March 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  3. We are a country which broadcast a discussion programme on BBC Radio 4 where eminent experts debated whether or not we should consider attacking Iran; think about that from an Iranian perspective…
    Could our military resources drained by Iraq and Afghanistan sustain another “intervention”?
    Whatever feelings of empathy we may have with the disaffected Libyans ;the thoughts of retired Generals Danart and Mike Jackson would be illuminating.

    LL.B

    March 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    • The reality is that the majority of Arab states are none democratic and subversive. Some due to their wealth do cater very well for their population, others not so. I fail to see why HM government should highlight Libya (other than for issues surrounding the 1980s) as a particular case. If we attack one why not another? Sometimes we have to get on with what is there and make the best of it (if not we could suggest a no fly zone for China).

      Kevin

      March 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm


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