“The First Minister abused his position….in a co-ordinated attempt with his colleagues in Northern Ireland to go after those he did not like” and a “Coalition of the willing to defend the Kurds”- The Tommy1Boys interview

This article was written by Seimer.

Tommy1Boys was recently elected Leader of the Clibs

Tommy1Boys has been the political centre of gravity for the past week, as stunning leaks revealed in the Telegraph showed accusations of inner government fighting, and allegations of blackmail and kompromat gathering by the now former Foreign Secretary. Just days after this, he would be elected Leader of the Classical Liberals, and be appointed Deputy Prime Minister. Now, in an exclusive first interview with the new Leader, he addresses his new role, his actions as Foreign Secretary and the growing scandal facing his political career.

Interview

Seimer: So firstly, congratulations on your victory. What is your major goal in terms of your new post that you hope to achieve?

Tommy: Thank you. I want to use my new position of giving a voice and delivering for those who rely on the government, but often don’t feel connected to it. The Government is already making strides on that front such as workers rights legislation, and I want us to make that at the heart of every legislation, statement, white paper and action that this government takes.

Seimer: Now, before discussing you work as foreign secretary I would like to ask you about the story everyone’s talking about, the CountBrandenburg leaks. Do you believe that your approach to the First Minister and Executive was as the First Minister put it, “tantamount to black mail”?

Tommy: No I obviously don’t. I made the fair point that if we are asked in Ministers Questions about meetings with the NI Executive, we would be honest that the NI Secretary had asked for meetings and none had yet happened. More broadly, I am disappointed the First Minister abused his position as a confident and yes a friend to score political points with out of context screenshots and a coordinated attempt with his colleagues in Northern Ireland to go after those he did not like.

Seimer: So you view this as the Executive scoring political points against the government?

Tommy: I think the First Minister abused his position in the Executive to go after those he does not like, that being apparently myself and Twisted. I do not think the majority of the Executive wanted to or would use it against the Westminster Government, for whom some members have privately expressed confidence in, for example, the NI Secretary. Although what they say privately and publicly is different, which is not a surprise.

Seimer: You said earlier that the leaks by the First Minister were out of context, he strenuously denies that, which leaks in particular do you view as misleading or out of context as you put it?

Tommy: So let me take the shipyards. I at no point defended nationalisation of it. It was brought to my attention that the NI executive did not support nationalisation, a suggestion floated by the Chancellor. I spoke with the Chancellor straight away and he made clear once the NI Executive rejected it, that it would not happen. Indeed the Chancellor openly told the NI Executive he would not “force” things onto them if they disapproved. Instead, they accused him of trying to do just that. Brandy came to me with a concern, and I worked to ensure that concern was dealt with and the Ni Executive were listened to. Apparently that constitutes ignoring the NI Executive?

Seimer: Did you believe the plan to nationalise H+W from the Chancellor was a good or serious proposal?

Tommy: I am not personally knowledgeable enough on the specific place in question. Haven spoken to the Chancellor, it is clear it was made as a suggestion which was removed once it became clear the NI Executive would not support it. The chancellor did what he should have done, put forward a suggestion, had a discussion, and listened to the NI Executive. Exactly the opposite of what those in the NI Executive are saying happened.

Seimer: So you say those leaks were misleading, does that mean the leaks regarding your dislike of leadership opponent Star, your dislike of the Executive, your description of Twisted as a “fuckwit” and Labour as “fucking fucks” and the kompromat document you said you were keeping on Saunders were all accurate representations of what was said?

Tommy: The government has recognised some of the past issues and communication is an issue dealt with long before these leaks.

Seimer: Iran has been the issue which has largely defined your term so far, is it still the British view that a return to the JCPOA is a likely goal?

Tommy: So. Yes the Government is working hard on a JCPOA deal. We strongly believe it is in the national interest, and the interest of international security, for Iran, the US and others to be inside the JCPOA. Obviously negotiating between different partners is difficult and high stakes stuff, but I am pleased of the progress we are making at the G7 although the Kurdish situation has overtaken the agenda right now for obvious reasons.

Seimer: The Kurdish situation, seeing as you brought it up, what is the governments view on the American decision to pull their 1000 troops in the area out?

Tommy: The Government has spoken with President Trump and has secured a commitment to halt the withdrawal of troops in the area. There will then be a transition to a coalition of the willing forces in the region to protect the Kurds. As we speak the Foreign Secretary is preparing to talk to the Kurds to inform them. France and the US have so far committed to this coalition, and talks at the G7 will continue in my role as Deputy Prime Minister to secure support from other countries.

Seimer: That’s quite a dramatic shift, is this coalition committed to preventing a Turkish invasion into the region, as we have seen in the past days?

Tommy: Yes. The Kurds lost thousands in the fight against Daesh. We cannot allow a NATO member to do this. The Kurds are an aly of the UK, we are clear on that front. We are not prepared to abandon them now. This information will all be laid before the Commons in the coming 24 hours.

Seimer: Do you intend to build cross party support including the opposition on this policy?

Tommy: Yes. I shall be briefing my counterparts in the House tonight if possible. I hope that opposition parties will realise this move is in the national interest, and will support our efforts in this regard.

Seimer: Now, I’d like to finally discuss some of the governmental changes that took place today. You are no longer foreign secretary obviously, with willem taking the post, should we expect a continuation of government policy on Iran, Hong Kong and now Kurdistan with the new foreign secretary?

Tommy: I am really pleased to see Willem succeed me in the post of Foreign Secretary. The Government has not changed however, and yes I believe a continuation of government policy on a range of matters will be the case, although obviously with a new person comes a new style..

Seimer: And the big story that appears to be coming out of this reshuffle is changes in CCLG. Does Rhys leaving his post indicate a change in policy regarding the National Culture Day?

Tommy: We recognise that we made a mistake, and we are setting about to rectify that. A change in policy will occur yes.

Seimer: Alright, that’s us, thanks for doing this Tommy

Tommy: No problem

“Tommy’s Approach to me was tantamount to blackmail”: An Exclusive look inside a dysfunctional government

Today the Telegraph received an exclusive statement from First Minister CountBrandenburg, detailing a laundry list of failures, mistakes and corruption within the Sunrise cabinet

A statement the Telegraph today received from the First Minister CountBrandeburg has revealed a damning look within the Sunrise coalition. The leaks show a complete failure of CCR, a lack of proper information distribution within Cabinet and the seemingly regular use of kompromat and blackmail against supposed allies.

The statement begins by showing the cabinet ministers the FM spoke to regarding the healthcare treaty, none of whom were aware of the nature of healthcare talks. The Chancellor,The Lib Dem co-Leader and LotHoL and the Northern Irish Secretary all were unaware of the talks, clearly showing a lack of proper cabinet lines of communication.

Tommy1Boys behaviour was heavily criticised in the statement.Leaked reports show the Foreign Secretary threatened to inform the press if the Executive if they do not agree to a meeting with the Northern Irish Secretary. In this statement the Foreign Secretary defends a plan to nationalise the Harland and Wolff shipyard for military purposes.

Tommy was also highly critical of the Executive, saying that Trev has backstabbed Twisted over the healthcare treaty. He would later however describe Twisted as a fuckwit, while still saying he had little time for the ExecutiveThe Saunders crisis was a critical point for the government during the past few weeks, and it is revealed that the “Pizza Club” cabal was attempting to manage the impacts of Saunders. Here, Tommy informed them he was keeping a document of kompromat on the Chancellor, including all his outbursts which became public, to use against him if he moved against the government.

We also received details on the nature of the Classical Liberal leadership race, which appears to be coming down to Star vs Tommy now that CountBrandenburg has left. Tommy’s manifesto and Stars Manifesto are both included in the leaks

Star when questioned by Damien on her plans to change the Clib leadership structure, she attacked Damien for it, and then tried to spin it as a joke. Star and Tommy appear to have significant differences, with Tommy criticising Star significantly over a whipping issue CountBrandenburg also discusses the cabinet knowledge of legislation, and we see here Vitiating describing the Labour Rights Violations bill as a disaster. These leaks show a clear split at the heart of Sunrise, with personal ambition and political expediency threatening its entire existence. Tommy acknowledges Labour failings, calling them “fucking fucks”.Perhaps even more startlingly, we see a complete willingness to use all means necessary to deal with dissent, including blackmail. Sunrise now have clear questions to answer, perhaps most importantly, is this the end of the Sunrise experiment?

This article was written by seimer, a journalist for the telegraph

Thomas Cook: Government begins contingency planning as travel group approaches collapse

The travel group employs 21,000 people and can trace it’s lineage to Thomas Cook & Son, founded in 1841.

Thomas Cook, also the United Kingdom’s 7th largest airline, has been undergoing severe financial instability with the Financial Times reporting the travel group may be forced into compulsory liquidation within days.

A Government spokesperson estimated “as many as 150,000 [citizens] who are currently abroad may be affected by any collapse”, going further to say the Government “will be ready to conduct the biggest repatriation ever in peacetime” should the travel group cease trading. In a contingency plan named “Operation Matterhorn”, a “significant number of aircraft” would be chartered to bring nationals stranded abroad home.

will be ready to conduct the biggest repatriation ever in peacetime

The priority of The Government will be, however, to prevent a collapse. Speaking to members of the press, the spokesperson said the Government is “ready to facilitate talks with the airline in order to find a way to secure the airline’s long-term future”.

A government source also said of the collapse, work was being conducted by “the Departments for Transport, Business and Work and Welfare” on “the potential ramifications for jobs, local economies, customers with bookings, and flight prices.”

Planning also includes a “letter from the Business Secretary to insurance companies asking that they fast track and approve any claims relating to the liquidation”; a “taskforce to be set up by the Business Secretary to monitor and examine the impacts of the closure on local areas, flight prices, and the industry as a whole; and, a “statement from the Work and Welfare Secretary.”

The source was confident “this plan should reassure the public that the government knows exactly what is needed to ensure that Thomas Cook’s closure will be mitigated as far as possible.”

Telegraph: “Tired, Stressed and Rather Ill”. Vitiating to resign as Clib Deputy Leader

Written by Seimer, Telegraph Journalist

In a stunning leak to the Telegraph this evening, we can reveal Sunrise have been hit by yet another resignation, with Vitiaing to resign as deputy leader of the Classical Liberals.

The deputy leader, who is also Justice Secretary, is seen as the favourite to be future leader of the party. The resignation comes as another blow to the government, who have already suffered 11 resignations from cabinet and the loss of their majority.

In the resignation statement of Vitiating, he describes the action as being necessary for his party and his health. He says he “has ceased to relish his leadership duties” and that they have become a “burden”. He describes Sunrise as an “added weight”, and says he has become “tired, stressed and rather ill”.

With the Saunders crisis, and a government under fire, this is another story they certainly don’t need. At the moment, it’s unclear if he will stay on as Justice Secretary. Who the next Deputy Leader will be is uncertain, with CountBrandenburg among the possible candidates.

Vitiating declined to provide a comment for the article.

The classical liberals declined to comment.

Vitiating’s statement to his party

So, this is an announcement I never expected to be making. However, I feel it is necessary not only for the party but for my own health. For the past month, I have ceased to relish in the conducting my leadership duties. They were once a pleasure, but they turned into a burden. With the added weight of Sunrise, I have become tired, stress and rather ill. It is time I put my own health above all. So therefore, it is with deep regret that I announce that after the conclusion of the incoming leadership election, I shall tender my resignation as Deputy Leader. This also means that I am precluding myself from the said leadership election.

Vitiating, former deputy leader

Liberal Democrats attempt to derail inquiry into bullying as former Chancellor admitted to the party

/u/TheNoHeart has privately voiced opposition in cabinet meetings to an inquiry into /u/Saunders16’s conduct, the Telegraph learns.

What in the world is the benefit?

TheNoHeart

The Telegraph has learned the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, former Prime Minister and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, /u/TheNoHeart, has passionately opposed the Government’s inquiry and opposition calls for an independent inquiry over allegations of bullying in government. When speaking about a potential inquiry he told cabinet that it’d “prolong the scandal” and “only damage” the Government. Going further to say of the inquiry, “what in the world is the benefit?” This is a damning piece of evidence showing that /u/TheNoHeart doesn’t care about the Chancellor’s behaviour, his rude remarks or ableist language and is only concerned with saving the Government’s reputation.

The allegations of bullying were first made by the former Housing Secretary. Speaking to The Times, /u/RhysDallen described berating of government members and the derogatory use of the term “retarded” by the former Chancellor, going further to describe him as a “bully boy”. The former Classical Liberal Minister, /u/Zygark, described him on Sunday as “extremely unpleasant to deal with at worst.” and “vague and unhelpful at best.”

On Tuesday, a government spokesperson confirmed “an internal inquiry into the behaviour of the former Chancellor” was being conducted, going further to say “ableist language has no place in our politics”. The spokesperson refused to comment further “to allow the inquiry to run its course without interference.”

/u/Saunders16 was controversially admitted into the Liberal Democrats and the comments from Mr Hart will only fuel to opposition attacks against the Liberal Democrats. The most incriminating piece of evidence yet came when /u/TheNoHeart argued that an inquiry would be an “especially bad idea” because /u/Saunders joining presumingly provided concrete evidence that the Liberal Democrats aren’t concerned whether the Chancellor is an alleged bully. If you want concrete proof the Liberal Democrats are trying to hide and bury the truth then here it is.

Opposition members have suggested the Government and Liberal Democrats don’t care about the Chancellor’s behaviour, and to date there has been no evidence to back these claims until now. The Telegraph’s anonymous source has told us that Mr Hart was the only Liberal Democrat to speak on the matter.

The Government have claimed they are taking the disdainful actions of the former Chancellor seriously. Many will wonder how anyone can believe them when senior party figures are trying to hide the truth to save their own skin.

Saunders16 admitted into Liberal Democrats despite bullying investigation ongoing

Saunders16, the former Chancellor and Leader of the SDP has been allowed into the Liberal Democrats

With things appearing to quieten down in Westminster and the dust settling over Saunders16 resignation, the former Chancellor has been admitted into the Liberal Democrats which will no spark some criticism from the Classical Liberals and other political pundits. The Leader Of The Opposition eelsmaj99 told the telegraph that its “astonishing that he reapplied to join sunrise after leaving it in such a dramatic fashion and astonishing that the Lib Dems would take them back given all the recent events surrounding him:

The LPUK’s seimer1234 has submitted a motion calling for an independent inquiry  under the terms of the 2005 Inquiries Act increasing pressure on the government to be transparent about what the Prime Minister knew. The government have been vague and reluctant to answer questions on the matter of the inquiry however the press learned that the government will be conducting their own internal inquiry and it is unclear whether they will support opposition calls for an independent inquiry or the process of their internal inquiry.

The Liberal Democrats have clearly taken a gamble by admitting saunders16 before the government review takes place indicating the review is either unlikely to find anything incriminating perhaps calling its integrity into question or alternatively that the Liberal Democrats simply don’t care about the results of the inquiry now that the issue appears to have died down. The Liberal Democrats have been internally struggling for activity, even polling below the SDP recently so the addition of saunders16 could be a big boost to the party. Saunders gave the telegraph a statement on his decision to join the Lib Dems

My first priority is serving my constituents in Highland and Grampian. I was elected on a positive, moderate message and I will keep fighting for my vision for the country alongside like-minded individuals. The Liberal Democrats have always been close friends of mine, and after talks and a lot of consideration, I now believe that they have the resources and plan required to be the strong, moderate force this country needs – a force that it is now clear the SDP is not going to become any time soon. – Saunders 16

Anomaline appointed Chancellor as Classical Liberal stranglehold on government tightens

The controversial new chancellor Anomaline emerges from number 10 downing street after his appointment earlier today

It has no doubt been an interesting week in Westminster with the Government descending into complete and utter chaos: So far this week we have seen five resignations with the most high profile and recent resignation being that of the Chancellor, /u/Saunders16 who crumbled under the pressure of his other colleagues resignations and a dogpile by his own party members and members of the wider governing coalition.

Who is Anomaline?


If people thought the government were trying to rid themselves of controversy and calm the storm by appointing a consensus figure as Chancellor, they could not have been more mistaken. /u/Anomaline was a former Conservative Member of Parliament and Business Secretary in the Blurple government, who won a crucial by-election last term before defecting to the Classical Liberals.The defection sparked controversy and lead to Conservative-Classical Liberal relations declining rapidly as Anomalinewas accused of collaborating with /u/charlotte_star, the new CCLG Secretary, to prevent /u/sys_33_error from getting promoted and has been labelled as a “bully” by members of the Conservative Party. The Leader Of The Opposition satirically remarked that the Government has made a good choice for Chancellor by “swapping one bullying, twofaced and incompetent defector for another.” With the previous Chancellor resigning over allegations of bullying, this is certainly a ballsy pick, only time will tell if Anomaline is up to the job and can put his past behind him to perform effectively as Chancellor, uniting what some regard as a fragmented governing coalition.

The new make up of cabinet

With this new appointment, the Classical Liberals now control 2/4 of the great offices of state despite not having the seats to justify doing so, many critics have suggested that /u/Secretary_Salami has rolled over for the Classical Liberals and this only goes to prove them right with Labour only having 38% of all cabinet positions compared to making up 50% of the seats. The Classical Liberals have not given up roles to obtain Chancellor confirming their grip on government has tightened. As /u/DF44 from the People’s Movement suggested in the queen’s speech this is perhaps “a Classical Liberal Government by any other name.” How Labour backbenchers will react is yet to be seen but it is clear that the Prime Minister is happy to continue to expand the power of the Classical Liberals for nothing in return.


Former Classical Liberal Minister Zygark gives verdict on Sunrise coalition

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/u/Zygark, the former Secretary of State for Culture, Communities and Local Government speaks to the Telegraph for the first time since resigning the whip and joining the Conservative Party.

The Sunrise coalition is, no doubt, having a disastrous week with four members of the government resigning. The first to resign was minister for prison reform, /u/_KnowYourPlace_, who left the government to join the Conservatives . In a big blow for the Classical Liberals, the next to resign was the Secretary of State for Culture, Communities and Local Government, /u/zygark, who also decided to join the Conservatives. It emerged yesterday that /u/Padanub has resigned as Secretary of State for Defence and the Times this morning reported /u/RhysDallen had resigned as the housing minister whilst giving an interview which will damage the government. Labelling the Chancellor a “bully boy” and accusing him of being arrogant and using vulgar language. If the coalition continues to lose ministers and support, it is uncertain whether they can continue to govern the country.

The Telegraph managed to grab an exclusive interview with /u/Zygark where he gave his honest opinions on the Sunrise coalition and the internal state of the Classical Liberal coalition. Firstly the Telegraph questioned him on the government’s legislative process where he confirmed:

The “Broadcasting Bill” and the “Pass and Road Bill” were not presented to the cabinet before being presented to the commons at large.

This proves the speculation that the Sunrise leadership are very secretive about their plans and padanub had clearly not seen the legislation put forward by a special advisor to the department for culture media and sport, it is important to note that the legislation was not even written or drafted by a member of the cabinet. This no doubt confirms that /u/Padanubs resignation was avoidable had the legislative process been transparent and perhaps been similar to the Blurple government. 

Zygark was blunt when asked about the Government’s internal organisation retorting “what structure? Being part of the cabinet felt very disjointed.” He also went on to say there was a “lack of communication between leadership and the rest of the government over decision making” and that “decisions were often made without people being able to voice their opinions.”

He agreed with RhysDallen’s assessment of the Chancellor being a bully describing him “extremely unpleasant to deal with at worst.” and “vague and unhelpful” at best, he then told the Telegraph that he couldn’t “see increased taxes and a £50bn deficit being good for the economy or the average person.

Finally the interview moved onto Classical Liberal internal affairs where /u/Zygark told us that under /u/Twistednuke the Classical Liberals have shifted leftwards.

The party under [Twistednuke] has definitely moved somewhat leftwards, but I can’t see a large portion of the membership wanting to stay in this coalition for much longer.

This possibly suggests that there are many Classical Liberals members who regret entering the coalition and are disgruntled at the left wing turn the Government and Chancellor are taking, it is entirely plausible that Classical Liberals members bring down the Sunrise government just like they took out the Liberal Alliance. /u/Zygark finally told us that in his view it was time for /u/Twistednuke to resign and he thinks “someone new will really help the party.” It is unclear as to whether the Government and /u/Twistednuke will get through the scathing attacks from /u/Zygark and /u/Rhysdallen, men who have been at the heart of government and key players in the Classical Liberals rise in the recent few months. If the sun sets on Sunrise, it appears that /u/Twistednuke’s time will also be up.  The Telegraph will update readers on any more developments.

Secretary of State for Defence Padanub resigns in blow to the Government

The Secretary of State for Defence Padanub (pictured) resigns in blow to the Government.

Earlier today the Telegraph confirmed that Padanub was resigning from his role as Secretary of State for Defence in protest of the controversial Broadcasting Bill put forward by “special adviser in digital innovation, business, and skills” comrade_zoe which intends to force the Premier League and other sporting leagues to give away its content to all broadcasters: Attacking their rights. The draconian Bill ends the system of broadcasting spaces and has sparked the resignation of Mr nub.

The Monolith on Sunday outlined government divisions over ICE and budgetary measures the government is taking, this is likely to be a huge blow to the Prime Minister who has faced a turbulent few weeks in office with cabinet division and conflicting messages coming out of Number 10.

Padanub describes his opposition to the European Union Settled Status Bill, Pass and Road Bill and Broadcasting Bill in cabinet meeting.

According to leaks from the Telegraph Padanub has also voiced concerns about the European Union Settled Status Bill with the Chancellor also agreeing with him but when talking to Nub it seemed that the ultimate thing that made him resign was the Broadcasting Bill, describing it as “technologically retarded” to cabinet ministers. After joining the backbenches, he tore into the Broadcasting Bill:

Quite literally not possible. I doubt 95% of the UK have/want access to a Television. In fact according to recent stats only 42% have access, so how are we going to make sports viewable to 95% of the population via TV channels, if 58% of the population don’t even have televisions!

This bill quite literally infringes on the rights of the market, if I as a content producer… only want my content to be shown via Sky, that’s my right. It’s a business deal I make, the government shouldn’t be forcing me to give my content away! Quite literally not possible. I doubt 95% of the UK have/want access to a Television. In fact according to recent stats only 42% have access, so how are we going to make sports viewable to 95% of the population via TV channels, if 58% of the population don’t even have televisions!

Padanub

The Telegraph conducted an interview with Padanub. When asked whether the Government were disorganised, he told the Telegraph “as with any large organisation there are communication problems and elements of disorganisation,” and he firmly believed “the government is committed to solving any issues they may have.”

When pushed by the Telegraph to reveal whether the cabinet had been shown the Bills prior to being read in the house of commons the ex-Defence Secretary did not wish to comment and said that it didn’t really matter. This could suggest that ministers are not getting to look over Government Bills before they are published, this is in stark contrast to the Blurple coalition which ensured that all members of the cabinet would have the ability to scrutinise and suggest amendments to legislation. This could have been an avoidable resignation, one can only speculate but if padanub had been consulted prior to this, would he really be resigning?

Padanub told the Telegraph “the Classical Liberal delegation did do most of the communicating between Cabinet and [leadership], so it certainly seemed like they were the grease on the machinery” and that he thought that the Prime Minister was in an “unfortunate position” and was “beholden to the smallest parties in the coalition, as seen with the SDP taking the Chancellorship”, furthermore stating  “he could do more to stand up to them, but that would potentially be the end of Government.”

When questioned about the government’s economic policy Mr nub told the Telegraph he had his “own reservations about the hikes on the lower levels.”, presumably referring to an increase in Income Tax or VAT, however confirmed he had confidence in the Chancellor and told the Telegraph “he has an air of authority” and that he is looking forward to his upcoming policies.

Finally, when he was asked about Sunrise he told the Telegraph “if it wants to survive and hit history books and make this country a better place, it needs some proper good leadership.” This potentially hints at the government’s internal processes and perhaps even inactivity at the highest levels of government.

Overall padanub’s resignation will be a huge blow to Prime Minister, who will have to find a new Defence Secretary and replace one of the Government’s most competent and capable ministers. This only adds to the long list of the Prime Minister’s woes.

Paratroopers to be deployed to Kabul, announces Secretary of State

The Secretary of State for Defence, the veteran Labour politician Padanub, announced the deployment of “350 paratroopers” of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment will be deployed to the Afghan capital in “late September” for a tour of six months.

The Secretary of State described their mission as “to provide a protection service” to NATO advisors “working in government ministries”, including “UK Mentors based at the Afghan National Army Officers Academy”.

Mr Padanub revealed the choice of 2 PARA as being motivated by their ability to operate “on foot and vehicle”, with “Foxhound patrol vehicles and Civilian Armoured Vehicles” to be used in navigating “the busy streets of Kabul”.

2 PARA had been training in Norfolk in Exercise Kabul Convoy, practising scenarios including “convoy movements and recovering a broken-down vehicle”.

Training Officer Captain Tom Shaw described the role of the brigade as providing “force protection” to “advisors helping the development of the Afghan Army and Government”. Speaking of preparing for deployment, Captain Shaw described “working with the Foxhound” for “several months”, going further to say “our paratroopers have shown the flexibility to adapt to a different way of operating quite easily”.

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