AUGB CHAIR'S BLOG - THE RED CARD CAMPAIGN

12.03.18


February has passed by very quickly and we are well into the branch AGM season. I hope many of you have taken the opportunity to attend or intend to attend those remaining in March.

In February we hosted an evening with Professor Lubomyr Luciuk from Canada who gave a very interesting talk on how Canadian Ukrainian Servicemen helped thousands of displaced Ukrainians after the Second World War to be brought to the UK.   Together with his colleagues in Canada and the AUGB, a project has been initiated to place a lasting memorial dedicated to those who were based in the UK during and after WW2.

AUGB Luton branch residential refurbishment is almost complete but the cold spell has hampered progress slightly and sadly caused a few problems in the branch building with a burst pipe at ground floor level. 

As board members have been attending the AGM’s information has been passed on about various issues including plans to mark the 85th Anniversary of the Holodomor and this year’s World Cup in Russia. On this latter subject we are joining our friends across the pond and down under in a scheme being put together called “The Red Card Campaign”. We will be circulating the details shortly among all branches. I disappointingly read in The Times last week that the so called ‘Special One’, Jose Mourinho, has signed a deal to be a pundit for RT after turning down the BBC and ITV. RT are obviously over the moon on netting such a recognised and influential name in the world of football and beyond. Maybe we should make Mr Mourinho our first Red Card target? On a brighter note The President of the FA HRH Prince William has made it clear that he has no intention to attend the World Cup in Russia.

Also in the news as I am sure you are all aware was the nerve agent attack on the ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury. The jury is still out on who was responsible but various politicians and political analysts have already concluded that if Russia is behind the poisoning then the UK government must take far stronger action than it did in 2006. An article in one leading UK newspaper has stated that Australia, Poland and Japan may join England in boycotting the World Cup if Russia is proven to have authorised it. We should endeavour to lobby all our local MP’s, Cabinet and Shadow Ministers to send a clear message that they should not be venturing to Russia this summer.

I as many of you tuned in on Thursday to watch Michael Portillo in his patriotic blue and yellow attire traveling with his Bradshaw in hand across Ukraine. A delightful well balanced insight into our history and culture. The old gentlemen on the bandura in Kyiv has been there for years!  

Petro Rewko

 

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