There’s a lot of fun to be had with online petitions on the Number 10 website.
As the Government is learning, the danger of asking people their opinions is that they might tell you. Seven thousand people recently put their names to a petition calling for Gold by Spandau Ballet to become the new national anthem.
The petition calling for justice for the Chagossians was rather more serious than that. At least, we thought so. But the only response that the powers that be could muster was to point us back to an old statement made by Bill Rammell at the time of the notorious Orders in Council in 2004, with the same old tired excuses about resettlement being too expensive and too precarious, and compensation having already been paid.
Nonsense, nonsense, nonsense. Resettlement has never been properly looked into, and the compensation payments of the 1980s were one sided and mismanaged.
The islanders are still living in exile, many of them in poverty, because of what this country did to them. They deserve a better response than this.