Message for Billy

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Dear Mr Irving,

First, I would like to express my respect and gratitude to you for the time you spent in our armed forces.

Secondly, I would like to express my disgust at the way the leadership of the UK has allowed you and your friends to languish in woeful conditions in a Chennai prison on what by any yardstick cannot be considered anything other than trumped-up charges. It is immoral and inhuman.

Loyalty works both ways. You (and the other Brits incarcerated with you) have put yourselves in harm’s way for our country. You should now be able to expect the best efforts of Boris Johnson and Theresa May to secure your release. (I understand that Brenda O’Hara MP had been doing his best to persuade them.)

I have written to all three of them asking them to redouble their efforts and if any other residents of Argyll are reading this, then I would urge them to do so too at: MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. (Do it now, folks! Not after EastEnders is finished, or after you’ve put the cat out, or after you’ve finished your tea – now. It doesn’t take long.)

Here’s hoping that common sense and humanity will prevail over what the Indian authorities are presumably calling ‘justice’.

Best wishes,

Steve Morley.