Invitation to British MPs to spend Christmas in Iraq

#1
Thought this might be of interest; Has taken a bit of planning, but now in a position to offer the following:

This is an open invitation to serving British MP's to take part in a truly unique experience during the next parliamentary recess.

I am in a position to offer any serving British MP the opportunity to spend the Christmas Parliamentary recess, with a former Iraqi Translator and his or her family in Southern Iraq.

This "once in-a-lifetime" glimpse into life in modern Iraq is the ultimate sabatical. The following itinary gives just a flavour of what can be expected, but we will strive to work with you, to ensure you truly have as bespoke and individual an experience as you could imagine.

Departing the UK 19 December 2007 by air and flying via another European country, you will arrive in the Middle East in time to enjoy the amazing Middle East sunrise.

Please note; Ticketing and visa arrangements will be arranged for you, and arrive at your consituency office at least seven days before travel. You will be travelling on commercial flights. Details of innoculations (get injected, don't get infected) required and a background to Iraq can be obtained from the FCO website.

You will be collected from your airport of arrival, by our dedicated representative, who will then take you by car to your "new" home, and introduce you to your host. Your transfer may involve crossing national borders into Iraq, but all arrangements will be made, to ensure that you can travel easily into Iraq. Your arrival will coincide with this year's feast of Eid Al Adha - what better day to commence your stay?

You will stay with a former Iraqi Translator, previously employed by the British Government, and (where possible) his or her family in Southern Iraq. So, language issues and cultural understanding shouldn't be a problem. All of the people you will stay with are currenty applying to the UK Government under the "Assistance to locally employed staff" scheme announced by Foreign Secretary 9th October 2007.

All meals will be supplied. Medical cover will be through local health centers and hospitals (Several hosts are Doctors of Medicine),. You will have shared use of the family car, and maps of the area will be available.to you, so that you can explore for yourself.

During your stay, you will have the opportunity to visit historic sites and places of special interest in the region, and travel with your host's family to visit their wider family and places of work.

It won't all be sightseeing though. You will be invited to live everyday as a local, meeting traders in the market, and seeing for yourself how Iraq is moving forward. See for yourself "zero-tolerance" in action, and the way in which Sothern Iraq has improved since March 2003.

Experience for yourself, the daily commute through the suberbs and checkpoints in and around Basrah, your host will ensure you see oil installations and have a full understanding of local issues and customs.

Security and Communications:

The UK Government is satisfied that your host's family is safe until January 2008, when the UK Home Office deploys its dedicated team to the region to interview your host about his application. You will be invited to join your host at this meeting, and witness for yourself the outcome for the occasion.

You will also have available, the use of a mobile phone, and when power and communications allow, access to the Internet.

Your stay will be monitored for your own safety and regular updates posted to www.WeOweItToThem.com

In the event, that your host feels that you could in any way, be in a postion of danger: You will move with your host to another house in the region to continue the rest of your stay.

Places are very limited, and this truly is a unique opportunity. If you are an MP who is interested in spending this Christmas in Iraq, please email us.
www.WeOweItToThem.com webpage - Invite
 
#3
Nightrained said:
Reminds of the "Girls Aloud to play a christmas concert at Camp Bastion" roumer.
No MP's so pretty NT.

To make the point clear here - this is not a government or military sponsored event. The only contact with UK military will be on visiting BIA in 2008 to witness the host's meeting with Home Office reps dealing with the application.
 
#4
Bumpity-bump
 
#5
Any takers yet? Pigs might fly :D
 
#8
in_the_cheapseats said:
Any takers yet? Pigs might fly :D
It's a fair question.

Sadly, although not the biggest surprise, not as yet.

That said, getting the word around is, as always the stumbling block.

Early days, but many of the translators are keen that a British MP, gets to live their life, with them during this timeframe.

If anyone has access to a spreadsheet or data source with all of the current serving MP's / emails / contact details, I could sure make use of it. Currently working through www.TheyWorkForYou.com, but is a pretty slow method, etc.

Feel free to email your MP, and make him or her, (we have female translators that are willing to share experiences over the coming six weeks) aware of this invitation.

Although, a bit quirky, it should be made clear that the suggestion to do this has come from those currently applying to the FCO scheme. All I am doing is making MP's aware of it and helping to facilitate if we get a volunteer MP. In particular, we would welcome interest from MP's with direct interest in this matter, Foreign Secretary in particular, as he has already spoken on this issue a number of times now.

Have had a couple of responses from researchers "on behalf of MP's" wanting to know further details. But, the original text above, gives enough information for the moment.

If anyone has any further questions, I will try to answer them here, equally, please understand that there is a necessary OPSEC angle to this, despite the "safety" which the Home Office timings indicate to anyone who cares to listen.

Apologies for becoming something of a one trick poster for the time-being, hope the ARRSE massive is understanding of this. I will ensure that ARRSE is kept fully up to speed.

AB
 

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LE
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#9
Bump, bump, bumpity bumpity bumpious!

Edited to add: Forwarded verbatim to my local MP. :D
 
#10
whilst a novel approach, all a bit pointless really, a bit like those tv docs where they take a groups of kids from hackney and send them to eton for a week etc...

i feel a better approach would have been to arrange for an MP to act as an observer in a multiple for a couple of weeks over the xmas period, pref one with a family and kids...they could live hand in glove with the lads...more value
 
#11
goon_bde said:
whilst a novel approach, all a bit pointless really, a bit like those tv docs where they take a groups of kids from hackney and send them to eton for a week etc...

i feel a better approach would have been to arrange for an MP to act as an observer in a multiple for a couple of weeks over the xmas period, pref one with a family and kids...they could live hand in glove with the lads...more value
Understand your comment Goon_Bde regarding it being a novel approach, and it has been discussed for the last three weeks with many of those at risk.

Your analogy on "fly-on-the-wall" docs is accurate with one major exception. Those being filmed for our "entertainment" are not normally in fear of their lives.

The UK Government considers that it does not have to evacuate these people with any great urgency, and the continuous delay is increasing the risk to them.

Whilst only too happy to see UK politicians out on the ground with the mil in Southern Iraq (or, any other Op ) to see for themselves the work of the mil, this is nothing to do with BRITFOR.

The very point here is "Why should MP's be offered any form of protection, when the translators do not have any?".

In essence, if any MP wishes to take up the offer, they may well find themselves, moving between locations, hiding in safe houses whilst their family are intimidated elsewhere. Ultimately, if they are in the company of a translator targetted by militia, then they will face exactly the same risks as the translator.

Not up for a ruck, and I do sincerely understand that this is not the most sophisticated method of raising awareness of the issue. On the other hand, I think there is very real value in making MP's face the same risks as the translators - it might just bring into sharp focus, the situation that these people continue to face, despite the words of 9 October.
 
#12
ABrighter2006 said:
If anyone has access to a spreadsheet or data source with all of the current serving MP's / emails / contact details, I could sure make use of it. Currently working through www.TheyWorkForYou.com, but is a pretty slow method, etc.

Feel free to email your MP, and make him or her, (we have female translators that are willing to share experiences over the coming six weeks) aware of this invitation.
Tory & Lib Dems easy as they are all on their Party Web sites. You will find that the Liarbour ones take a little more time and effort.
 
#13
Cheers elovabloke, but ideally, looking for a spreadsheet or datasource that can then be merged through Word and Exchange to turn a 30 hour task into 30 mins. Thanks though, I will have a look and in the words of Clare Raynor, press on.
 
#18
ABrighter2006 said:
If anyone has access to a spreadsheet or data source with all of the current serving MP's / emails / contact details, I could sure make use of it. Currently working through www.TheyWorkForYou.com, but is a pretty slow method, etc.

Feel free to email your MP, and make him or her, (we have female translators that are willing to share experiences over the coming six weeks) aware of this invitation.
Ah, the wonder of Google!
I put "MP lists" into it and on the second search result page found this website which has email lists of MP's.
Not all of them, but it is a start.
Hope this helps... :)
 
#20
edited as post was in the wrong thread :oops:
 

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