As an ex-scout who attended a jamboree, a youth leader, and a teacher I was genuinely shocked that a responsible adult could make such a misguided appeal.
Mr Straw's decision on the extradition of General Pinochet will have a profound effect on how abuse of human rights is viewed and dealt with around the world. The ex-dictator is accused of instigating the torture and murder of innocent people. To imply that this should be put aside so some youngsters can go on a camping holiday is offensive.
I hope the Jamboree goes ahead unimpeded and youngsters return home with a strong sense of being part of a world community. But mainly I hope their experience, whether they can attend or not, gives them a better perspective of what is really important.
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