The famous philosopher of long ago, Lao Tzu, has an encouraging message for me today: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’
|Encouragement ... The semi-legendary figure, Lao Tzu, portrayed as a 6th-century BC contemporary of Confucius, reports Wikipedia. Thanks to Wikipedia for this depiction of Laozi in E.T.C.Werner's Myths and Legends of China with this painting by A. Edelfeldt in 1885.|
But this journey is no less important, even though it can’t be managed alone.
I want to prove that the corrupt former Customs Department was totally wrong to present my 8,000-mile swallowing the anchor voyage (to celebrate retirement from my work as a DoT ocean navigator) as a drugs run.
The crooked trial, held in camera, stretched on for two years.
A purposely baffled jury (of non-sailing people) eventually supported that corrupt bureaucracy and returned a thumbs-down verdict.
What a battle to try to get someone in authority and organisations allegedly involved in fighting injustice to see that the eight years jail, and the snatching of my possessions and life-savings was totally unjust.
|Persuasive ... Ed Davey addresses the People's Vote rally last year. Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo.|
However, my MP, the deputy leader of the Social Democrats, Sir Edward Davey, announced this week that he will help.
‘I fully understand how important your own case is to you – and to the principles of fairness and justice which we all expect there to be in this country - and can quite appreciate that you want to clear your name.
‘Please be assured that I have not forgotten about you or the matters you have asked me to investigate, although I do not want to create any false hope as to how much I can achieve for you.’
He added, ‘Parliament has now risen and, although I shall be continuing to do much outside Parliament, I hope that, over the summer, I shall have more opportunity to give your case the attention it deserves.’
We’re brought up to believe in the quality of English justice. I witnessed the exact opposite.
Hopefully, with Sir Ed’s support, there’s a chance – at last – to recover my reputation and my possessions, particularly my wonderful 38ft yacht, eM.
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