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Monday, 24 October 2011

Camp Cuba on Finsbury Square

Down among the Finsbury Square campers, the Standard quotes "student journalist Lucy McKay, 19, on her "amazing" experience, as she says: "We got lectures on the Cuban economy and free sandwiches from Pret a Manger. The workers seemed to be delivering them without their managers knowing. At night there is a cinema."

It all sounds too groovy for words. A cinema in which to watch Fight Club, V for Vendetta and that West Wing episode where Toby meets the anti-globalisation protesters. A contraband sandwich lunch! And lectures on Cuba. Yes, Cuba.

Lucy, if you're reading this, you may want to go to the website of Amnesty International and see what it says about human rights in Cuba. Cuba being a country in which people are imprisoned for the crime of saying: "Hey everybody, I've just had a great idea - why don't we allow people to say things that are critical of the govenment?"

Lucy, you may have some great ideals, but I very much doubt that the Cuban regime shares them, as I'm guessing that you (unlike them) believe in personal freedom. Please don't let anyone tell you that Cuba is a role model for anything.

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