Mr Cosgrove wrongly infers (Observer, March 7) that Patria split from the BNP. This is not the case, since the great majority of Patria’s members had already left that other party before joining Patria.
He also enquires whether I was ‘...in any other far-right set-up before’. This question is rather like ‘Have you stopped beating your wife?’ It assumes that which it needs to prove.
The BNP is not a ‘far-right’ party, any more than Patria. UKIP, on the other hand, does fit that description.
I was an active member of the Labour Party for more than 20 years, until its betrayal of our people and the principles upon which it was founded, proved to me it was not the same party I joined in 1981. I put country before party. What does Mr Cosgrove do?
Patria is neither left nor right but patriotic.
Regarding the case of the Tamil ‘asylum seekers’, I understand they have been granted a temporary reprieve and that an appeal is to be lodged by the UK Border Agency. I don’t know the details of this case but I should have thought there were safe countries much closer to Sri Lanka than Britain, in which these individuals could have sought asylum. India being one such.
The courts have to interpret the law and to apply it in particular instances. It does not follow from this that laws cannot be changed, that the Human Rights Act, 1998, cannot be repealed, for example. Of course it can and it will be, if Patria has anything to do with it.
Similarly, international treaties and conventions, such as the European Convention on Human Rights, can be renounced (and denounced) by individual signatories, such as the UK.
While Mr Cosgrove may eagerly look forward to a time when the European Union, with the help of Lib-Lab-Con, imposes a 1984-style dictatorship on Britain, we are not there yet and our parliament is still supreme.
Dr Andrew Emerson