Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The Burry Port Brass Band and Gaddafi

The Burry Port Brass Band is one of the best in the world. My personal view is that the band should not be playing at Colonel Gaddafi's celebrations for his 40 years in power. It is ultimately, of course, a matter for them but given the comments of the Prime Minister, though tardy and perhaps dragged out of him, he is right in saying that the reception given to Abdul Baset Ali al-Magrahi upon his return to Libya was repulsive. Due to those scenes the Duke of York will not be attending the celebrations and Britain is clearly, at official level, boycotting them.

I would hope that the brass band, given its standing and skill, will be called on to play at significant celebrations in our own country – perhaps for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, now fast approaching. My view is that they should not be playing in Tripoli.

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