Don’t panic Captain Mainwaring!
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats
Viewers of the umpteenth repeat of the BBC comedy classic Dads Army will recall that whenever the pressure is on or things go a bit awry you can always depend on Lance Corporal Jones to rush around shouting " Don't panic Captain Mainwaring" to no real affect
To bring some context to the shambles the government has created The Guardian reports that just one of the team of 125 British embassy guards who were promised help to leave Afghanistan by the Foreign Office has made it to the UK. When they first applied for help in May they were rejected from the Ministry of Defence's emergency assistance scheme because they were contracted workers rather than direct employees of the government a subtlety that would be lost on the Taliban,. After media and MP pressure
two weeks ago, the armed forces minister, James Heappey, announced that the were in the process of being evacuated. In fact none of them had been rescued, although that morning the company had mounted a successful extraction operation for all its expatriate staff. The Foreign Office then promised "We will help all those Afghan security guards contracted through GardaWorld to protect the embassy. They will be granted the right to enter the UK and we are now working through the challenging logistics of getting them out of Kabul."
Contrast this with the US US who successfully evacuated around 500 of its embassy guards, who were also employed under a parallel contract by GardaWorld, along with their families.