Cardiff, August 2009.
Mrs. Davies’ 21 year old son is a soldier in a Welsh Regiment which recently began an eight month tour of duty in Afghanistan. For many Mothers with sons on active service for their country, it can be a constant worry until they return safe, and whilst TV news of ‘another soldier has been killed yesterday’ may cause many of us to mourn their loss and curse dishonest Labour politicians, for a Mother it can be a heart-stopping moment. It is of great significance then, to be able to go to her local post office to send her son a parcel from home.
Except that for some people now living in this country, such as Mr. Khan, the owner of Mrs. Davies’ local post office in Wilson Road, Ely, Cardiff, they clearly don’t share the same values or principles as the British. When Mr. Khan asked Mrs. Davies where her ‘boy’ was and found out that he was serving in Afghanistan, something he clearly didn’t approve of, he banned her from his shop and post office and instructed his staff to refuse to serve her. This public humiliation in his shop took place in front of witnesses and left Mrs. Davies astonished, frustrated and upset. Even a neighbour who later offered to post her parcel was refused.
If this is true, Mr Khan's actions are not only morally reprehensible, they are also in breach of his contract with the Post Office, not to mention probably illegal.
Is this the kind of country our troops currently in Afghanistan should have to return to?
***UPDATE*** 25th August 2009:
I've still not seen any independent verification of this story.
There are two groups on Facebook - one, over 400 strong, supporting Mrs Davies, the other over 50 strong alleging she is a well known local trouble maker and calling anyone who believes this story "racist scum".
I have googled the statement allegedly made by Mr Khan or those associated with him, left by an anonymous commenter, and nothing comes up.
If this genuinely was a lie, surely the press and the UAF thugs would have had a field day with it?
***UPDATE*** 25th August 2009 15:02:
I have received an email from a Mr Cook of Cardiff who says he has contacted the area's local MP, Kevin Brennan, and it was through him Mr Khan and Mrs Thomas issued the following statement:
“There is absolutely no truth in the allegation made to the British National Party that the Post Office in Wilson Road, Ely, Cardiff will not accept parcels for British troops in Afghanistan.
It should not be repeated and we reserve the right to pursue legal action against any person or body repeating the allegation and call for its removal from any website or other publication.
The Wilson Road Post Office has always accepted and continues to accept such parcels. Indeed the Wilson Road shops including the Post Office recently held a ‘Heroes Collection’ for British troops.
The allegation is false and malicious and related to a separate dispute with a customer. As a result that customer is not welcome at these premises but our services can be accessed by someone else on her behalf if they so wish.”