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Lord Change his mind and Lord Muppet

I look forward to day when the collection of nobodys that sits in the House of Lords can be made redundant along with their titles. Lord Malloch Brown having said that there were not enough helicopters in Afghanistan has clearly had his ears pulled by higher authority and Lord Foulkes has disgracefully attacked and insulted Sir Richard Dannatt Chief of the Genral Staff and Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup Chief of the Defence Staff. Lord Foulkes of course won’t be seen heading out into Helmand province in an army Land Rover though he might use something similar for his shopping trips. I suppose Lord Foulkes is desperate for brownie points, the man is unaccountable and should be retired to a home somewhere near Kabul.

Lord Malloch-Brown has laid down an ‘astonishing’ challenge to the Government after admitting that British troops need more helicopters in Afghanistan.

Andrew Porter and Mary Riddell in THE TELEGRAPH:

Minister Lord Malloch-Brown admits to Afghanistan helicopter shortage
Lord Malloch-Brown conceded that the Prime Minister’s future looked ‘bleak’ Photo: Geoff Pugh

He became the first senior government minister to do so, during an interview in The Daily Telegraph in which he also said Gordon Brown‘s future looked “bleak”.

Professor Michael Clarke, director of defence think tank the Royal United Services Institute, said Lord Malloch-Brown’s comments were an ‘astonishing’ challenge to the Government to rethink its Afghanistan strategy.

Afghan resources ‘are sufficient’
Lord Malloch Brown

Lord Malloch Brown is to step down at the end of the month

Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch Brown has rowed back on comments made in a Daily Telegraph interview that the UK did not have enough helicopters.

Amid an on-going political row over resources, he had said “We definitely don’t have enough helicopters”.

But in a “clarification” issued by the Foreign Office, said there were “without doubt sufficient resources” for current operations.

The Lib Dems said he was “right the first time” and looked “dotty”.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Wednesday morning, Lord Malloch Brown, who is stepping down as a minister this month, said: “It is important that I clarify the comments that are reported in today’s Daily Telegraph.

“On the issue of helicopters in Afghanistan, I was making the point – as the prime minister and commanders on the ground have also done – that while there are without doubt sufficient resources in place for current operations, we should always do what we can to make more available on the frontline.”

Lord Muppet otherwise known as Lord Foulkes of Cummlytown

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock: My Lords, I add my tribute to the fallen and to Henry Allingham. I am deeply grateful to my noble friend for her reply. Would she agree that in this media-dominated age, it is even more important than ever to maintain a united front in dealing with ruthless and cunning enemies such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda? Was she therefore surprised at the public comments of Sir Richard Dannatt and Sir Jock Stirrup, which threaten to undermine our effort in Afghanistan and give succour to the enemy? Could my noble friend consider gently reminding those gentlemen of the importance of loyalty, particularly when we are engaged in a very difficult war where victory is essential for the future safety of this country?

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