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Bare-Faced Lies
Is David Cameron Even Capable of Honest Emotion?
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
Mr. David Cameron is the leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition in the UK

Today, I sat and watched David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party conference. There was a tear in my eye, and a lump in my throat when he reached the part about families, describing himself as a family man, and condemning the fact that so many children will grow up without knowing the love of a father. The tear was for my own children, and the lump in my throat was barely contained vomit at this man’s hypocrisy.

For over a year now, I have been trying to get Mr. Cameron’s support for myself, and for the other victims of parental child abduction to Japan. In the past 3 years, there have been 33 children abducted from the UK to Japan, with little hope of them being recovered, and while the government sits back and allows it to happen with full impunity, I thought Mr. “Family Values” Cameron would be livid.

Unfortunately not. It would appear that to Mr. Cameron, family values are only to be espoused when there are potential votes in it.

As a family man, you would think he would be incensed at the idea of families being torn apart in this way. But no, he hasn’t even replied to any of my letters or telephone calls to his personal assistant in over a year.

As someone condemning the fact that so many children would grow up without knowing the love of a father, you would think that he would be furious at the number of British children being ripped from their homes and from their fathers, fathers who would give anything to provide a father’s love for their children. But no, these fathers are cut off entirely from their children, but Mr. Cameron “can’t get involved,” according to his personal assistant, Caroline.

As a parent, I sincerely sympathise with Mr. and Mrs. Cameron at the loss of their son, Ivan. My parents lost a daughter, and they never fully recovered from this, so I can imagine their pain. But I say to Mr. Cameron, what about the fathers and mothers of children abducted to Japan? We cannot see or speak to our children, we can’t find out anything about them, we can’t even get welfare checks on them to find out if they’re okay. It’s as if our children are dead. However, we can’t have the closure of a funeral, we can’t mourn them, because we know our children are not dead, we know our children are still out there, so we live in limbo, wondering how they are, what they’re doing, what they look like. We pray that they’re okay, that they’re happy, that they think about us now and then and that they know we love them dearly.

So, I ask Mr. Cameron – what are you going to do about it? With an election coming up, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, and join the fight to put an end to this human tragedy.



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Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

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