"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 14 December 2009

Brown in Afghanistan

According to Brown's spokesman at No.10 there's no truth in the rumours that some British troops refused to shake his hand when he visited Afghanistan.  The unnamed spokesman said: "the mood of the troops was very positive", and soldiers had been appreciative of the visit and the chance to meet him.

Meanwhile, back in the real world of Arrse:

"Pulled the short straw and drew R & R first week in December when all your old civvy friends are not going out because they're saving for Christmas. RAF take 12 hours to get you back to Bastion whereas it took them 5 days to get you home on the start of your leave. Sat in transit accomodation in Bastion waiting for the wocka-wocka back to the PB. Try and catch a quick power gonk, rudely awakened and told to get dressed because this bell-end wants to waffle to you."

"Making a big thing on Sky about this clown sleeping in "basic dormitory-style quarters in Kandahar airfield" Well fcuking hell, give the man a carrot. As if we should be impressed he has foregone his usual luxury."

"...I can remember when Des Browne came to Baghdad: utter arrogant prick who wanted to experience no discomfort whatsover and had no time for any of the blokes who put their lives on the line ferrying him around the place."

"Soldiers and ex-soldiers on here are merely slating a person who has done fuck all good for the Armed Forces since he came into power. Is that so hard to understand?"

"I blame the Taliban, where the fcuk are they when you need them?  A nice, non-fatal attack on Kandahar and no choppers to take the PM out of it, oh the juicy irony of it."

"Prior to these snakes arriving in theatre the lads, who are busy enough as it is, are required to sit through pointless briefs about media exposure, followed by hours of pushing brooms around the desert. On the visit itself the lads will stand around and nod in agreement with the PM whether they agree with his comments or not, purely because they don't want to rock the boat and embarrass the CofC. How does this benefit the lads? I've not even started about the extra security arrangements required while he's there. What possible benefit does this bring anyone, apart from himself?"

"If he had slept in the RSOI accommodation I would have been impressed. However, just because the VIP accommodation at Kandahar is not a 5* hotel it does not qualify as "basic quarters".  Shameless media spin from the No.10 team trying to make him look good."

This is just a short selection from the first three pages of comments.   Check out Arrse to see how appreciative the troops really are.

UPDATE: Here's  a pic courtesy of TractorStats via GoT::


  1. An Elder of the Soundbite Family was posted to Aden many moons ago. And what an horrendous pack of lies the meeja propagated about the place in general and mood of the troops back then.

    Thank God for the internet.

  2. Headed straight to ARRSE when I heard of Browns visit, always good to read what the lads really think.

  3. Yes, they've got a great sense of humour as well.


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