maybe it's just me being an easily triggered liberal
but was anyone else struck by the fact that the two acts who had trouble getting to GM this year were both from africa?
amadou and mariam getting bumped by a day - and then kokoko! not managing to get there at all
my first thought both times was visa issues / problems at the airport
our hostile environment in full effect
did some little nazi at gatwick / heathrow keep them in a back room for hours - before deciding that they couldn't be trusted not to stay?
as i said to others over the weekend, this is complete supposition on my part - and perhaps there are entirely innocent reasons for their troubles
but it did make me slightly depressed