We’re 16 days into Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike outside the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and none of the Tory government could care less.
Watching Nazanine's husband on sky is heartbreaking. He can hardly speak or stand. I'm both angry and upset.
— Yvonne Burdett, 💙🇪🇺 Blocked by Redwood and IDS (@YvonneBurdett3) November 8, 2021
We shouldn’t be surprised.
Since Mr Ratcliffe’s wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was first imprisoned under false charges in Iran, the UK government has only worsened her situation.
Boris Johnson famously mistook the accusation against her for what she did, providing the Iranian authorities with justification, not only for having jailed her, but for jailing her for an indefinite period to come.
Richard Ratcliffe is now on day 15 of his hunger strike.
Remember, Boris Johnson's one contribution to foreign policy as foreign sec was to get Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's sentence increased because he hadn't been bothered to read his brief…#FreeNazanin
— Jon Jones (@JonJonesSnr) November 7, 2021
And then Johnson turned Nazanin’s freedom into a bargaining chip in an argument between the UK and Iran over around £450 million owed to the Middle East country since the Shah was overthrown in the late 1970s.
That gave the Iranians reason enough to find another charge on which to keep her imprisoned for another year.
But it won’t do any good because Johnson and the Tories couldn’t care less what happens to anybody who isn’t one of them.
Mr Ratcliffe, after having entrusted his wife’s well-being into the hands of the worst clown ever to hold high office, has realised that nothing will change unless there is a genuine threat to health and life.
So he started his hunger strike, more than two weeks ago – and is now in danger of suffering permanent harm to his health.
And nobody in the government has paid a blind bit of attention.
Liz Truss, the current Foreign Secretary, has probably walked past Mr Ratcliffe – on her way to vote in support of corrupt Owen Paterson last Wednesday, for example – without a first glance, let alone a second.
They walked past Richard Ratcliffe to go to vote on keeping a corrupt MP and themselves in a job, probably never even looked at him.
— William Miller 💙 (@William24625705) November 7, 2021
Mr Ratcliffe is receiving his fair share of celebrity visitors who are raising whatever publicity they can give him – but it’s not doing any good, for the reason I state below:
I'm sorry, Victoria, but nobody in power could care less. I'm just wondering how far this has to go before the public at large realise what is happening here and how despicable Truss, Johnson and the rest of them really are.
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) November 8, 2021
Then again, how many people in the UK even know that the husband of a woman who is wrongly imprisoned because of the prime minister is even on hunger strike at all?
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This uncaring government is riding ruffshod over their subjects rights . I beg them to support Nazanin’s case. This woman has been imprisoned for political reasons and is guilty of nothing.