This photo shows British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May making their way to last year’s remembrance service for dead soldiers in London. Philip’s company, Capital Group, is the largest shareholder in arms dealers BAE Systems.
By Sam Tobin in Britain:
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Exclusive: Grieving father to boycott remembrance service in ‘disgust’
Kingsman Alex Green was shot dead in Basra in January 2007 while returning from a patrol in the city centre. He was 21.
His dad Bill Stewardson told the Star he was declining his invitation to this year’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 10 on the basis that Prime Minister Theresa May, her husband Philip May and former Labour prime minister Tony Blair will also be there.
“I have got actual, real reasons to attend things like that: my son’s died. I don’t go because of people like that.
Mr Stewardson added: “If a shiny white ribbon could be placed around the Cenotaph … and only those who have not supported or profited from war were to be allowed through it, who do you think would be there? Where would Mr and Mrs May find themselves?
“Leaving aside my son’s death, which is difficult, how the hell can we have a Prime Minister whose husband directly profits from companies that avoid paying tax and make a huge profit from selling arms to Saudi Arabia? How can that be? Why is that fair?”
For years following his son’s death, he was “the voice in the wilderness”, still supporting the war in Iraq despite his loss, he also told the Star.
“Until sort of 18 months, two years ago”, he said, “I have been the one not speaking in the way that other bereaved families have been speaking. Every bereaved person in the country has a crutch.”
But he said former prime minister Gordon Brown’s book My Life, Our Times, published last year, was “the point at which my mind changed course.”
In the book, Mr Brown accuses the Pentagon of knowing that the evidence for “the existence of WMDs [weapons of mass destruction] was weak, even negligible and in key areas non-existent”, but failing to tell Britain.
He now believes that “we were all misled.”
Mr Stewardson added: “People will point the finger at me and say: ‘That’s not what you used to say’ — well, of course not, because I wasn’t aware then of what I am now.
“I actually have no problem with the way my son died, representing Queen and country.
“He knew what he was getting into, he signed the form, me and him had the conversation and that’s not what I’m complaining about — it’s the abuse of the memories of all those people.”
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