A Tory MP has claimed he has “huge admiration” for mass-murdering General Pinochet. The dictator killed and tortured tens of thousands of his fellow Chileans during his 17-year rule — but Andrew Rosindell says that’s okay because he was friends with Maggie Thatcher.
The gaffe is the latest effort by the Romford MP to showcase his foolishness — after Political Scrapbook exposed he had taken £36,000 of free overseas junkets in just one year. Rosindell ranted to the Romford Recorder:
“Pinochet ousted a communist regime in Chile that was butchering its people. Compared with the rest of Latin America during the ‘70s and ‘80s, Chile turned into a free society where people were able to prosper.”
“He then helped us win the Falklands War, liberating the British people of the Falklands and preventing the many deaths of British soldiers.”
The row started after it emerged that a member of Havering Council had joined the “Augusto Pinochet Fan Club” group on Facebook — at the same time he was working in the Rosindell’s office.
Someone should get him a pair of epaulettes.