Thanks, but, there again; No Thanks!

Statement from Dutch Prime Minister……24/06/2016

We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty. We have rules to deal with this in an orderly way……..As agreed, the “New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union”, reached at the European Council on 18-19 February 2016, will now not take effect and ceases to exist. There will be no renegotiation.


Statement from Dutch Prime Minister……23/06/2017

“Really, don’t underestimate how this will impact the UK – you will pay a very high price for leaving the European Union……


Statement from Dutch Prime Minister….02/06/2016

“They would be very bad news for the UK, for the Netherlands and for Europe as a whole. We would be in a race to the bottom – and that is exactly what we do not want.”



Operation Manna Operation Chowhound

In early 1945, the Dutch Prince Bernhard appealed to Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt for immediate aid to break the starvation imposed by the German operations in enemy-Occupied Holland. Once permission was received, Eisenhower gave permission for Air Commodore Geddes for planning to commence, and further approval came direct from General G. Marshall. German senior officers under Reichskommissar Arthur Seyss-Inquart were drawn into planning by Allied agents, and free-flying routes were agreed with both RAF and USAAF.

A total of 3,301 sorties were flown by British Mosquitoes and Lancaster Bombers, delivering a total of 6,680 tons of food, including tinned foods, chocolate and dried food. The food was dropped from as low as 300 feet, because the packages burst if dropped from higher altitudes. Not one shell was fired by the Germans, as they kept their promises. The Americans Third Air Force used Boeing B-17’s to deliver 4,000 tons of food in 2,268 sorties.

Three aircraft were lost, two by collision, and one by engine fire.

A commemorative plaque to thank the Royal Air Force for their help in mounting Operation Manna was presented in May 1980 by Dr W Scholten, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands and is displayed in the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, England.

Manna/Chowhound monument (“Monument voor operatie Manna”)

On 28 April 2007, British Air Commodore Andrew James Wray Geddes was honoured when a hiking trail in the Rotterdam district of Terbregge, the Air Commodore Geddespath, was named after him. This path goes past the Manna/Chowhound monument in the soundwall of the northern ringroad around Rotterdam. The official unveiling of the plaque was performed by Lieutenant-Commander Angus Geddes RN (son of Andrew Geddes) from England and Warrant Officer David Chiverton from Australia (grandson of Geddes)

h/t Operation Postal

4 comments for “Thanks, but, there again; No Thanks!

  1. Errol
    June 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    They’re just frightened. Without us, they will have to pay more – vastly more. They can’t afford it, no with the EU boat anchor around their necks on green, energy, water, trade and what not.

    Well, tough. They should have given in to our demands far more often than they wanted to and accepted that we are the main players, not the rest of hand out nations.

    • Mudplugger
      June 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Maybe it’s not only money they’re frightened about – the Dutch remember only too well how firmly one of their neighbours can operate and how quickly others of their neighbours can capitulate. Losing the tied-in UK takes away their sole, reliable security-blanket.

      If I lived there, I’d be worried – history may not repeat itself exactly, but it often produces familiar echoes.

  2. John in cheshire
    June 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Even when they are seeking our help and cooperation these European socialists cannot resist insulting us and threatening us. They are contemptible and although it’s possible many EU citizens do not deserve the fate that awaits them, they only have themselves to blame. Their road to recovery will be in evidence when there is a demonstrable move to disavow collectivism. I actually don’t expect it to happen because I think too many of them are genetically predisposed to collectivism.

  3. Al
    June 30, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Such a shame that commemoration of the contribution by our friends in the Luftwaffe hasn’t been celebrated, as the operation would have surely been doomed to failure without their co-operation. But then, the swivel-eyed knuckle dragging bigots amongst us would never see the true value in that, nor in the continued collaboration with our European friends and neighbours. Until. of course, it hits them in the pocket as it surely will…

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