Philippa Gregory on Chagos and abuses of power

Philippa Gregory

We’re a few days late with this but there’s a great profile of our patron Philippa Gregory in Monday’s Independent, in which she talks extensively about getting involved in the Chagos campaign, and how the treatment of the islanders seems like something from one of her historical novels.

Philippa says: “When it comes to the treatment of the Chagossians, it’s as if the democratic revolution never happened. It is totally tyrannical. I cannot understand why successive British governments would act against their own subjects so consistently over so many years using so many underhand techniques.”

Read the full article here. There’s also a letter from David Snoxell, coordinator of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Chagos, in the following day’s paper.

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  1. Tyrone Hodge says:

    I’ve been following the situation on Chagos. It is unbelievable that England would do something like that to thse native islanders. That the whole world could stand idly by and not do anything about this is also remarkable. In Anguilla we have a situation brewing in that the British Governor Alistair Harrison has basically taken over the government. The Chief Minister basically has no say. The governor has just reshuffled the cabinet, putting them in positions in which they’re
    not qualified. Seems that he has an agenda, one in which he’s seeking failure of the local government so that the home office can bring in their own people. The british govermment is trying its best to turn Anguilla into a failed state to take it over. They’re taxing businesses into bankruptcy, firing people from their gov jobs and so on. Anguilla is not a ceded state. Anguilla has always been independent, but the British are changing the rules. Someone needs to look into what’s happening down there. A small crowd has marched on the Gov’s residence. He invited them in and was patronizing making look as though all was fine. He presents a negative front to anyone wanting to invest in Anguilla and for us Tourism is our lifesblood. If it dries up we die. Shades of Chagos might be in the making here.

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