Whilst having my hair cut by a Cypriot barber in Southgate a few weeks ago, we got to talking about Cyprus, and I remarked that most British people today know little or nothing of the Cyprus Emergency of the 1950s and 60s, involving as it did so many British troops. Basically, we British do not know our own modern history, including the bits that reflect less well on us. I thought of this again today upon hearing the news that the High Court has given four Kenyans the right to seek damages from the British Foreign Office in relation to the events of the 1950s and 1960s. If you think that this is far away and long ago, then I would invite you to consider how you would feel if you (or someone close to you) were yourself one of the people who had been tortured, raped or castrated. I'm glad that these people will have their day in court.