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Libya

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:17 pm on 16th April 1986.

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Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Brighton, Pavilion 6:17 pm, 16th April 1986

Both sides of the House bear a considerable responsibility for the situation that we are in. If I may say so, the Opposition have a greater responsibility than we do because their Administration were in power in 1969 when Colonel Gaddafi seized a radio station and some public buildings and proclaimed himself the ruler of Libya. The King, who had been our friend, was on holiday cruising. We could easily, as we had two air bases and a military base in the country, have restored him. Colonel Gaddafi had no democratic base of any sort and—