"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."

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Back In The Westminster Groove

And it's a very narrow groove with very little wiggle room at that. The talking shop returned yesterday to argue the toss about events they can do little to influence.

Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West and The Dogster's favourite MP, raised an Urgent Question about Monday's escape of 450+ Taliban prisoners from Sarposa Prison in Kandahar and the knock-on effect to our Armed Forces out there. There was a short debate about military ops & intelligence gathering -v- political solutions and after reading it I'd be surprised if the planned withdrawal goes to timetable.  Questions were answered or deflected by PUSS @ FCO Alistair Burt and Miliband (Banana), Gisela Stuart, Julian Lewis, Bollox Bob Ainsworth were amongst those who took part. 

The prison was run by the Afghan Justice Ministry and it seems that no-one even knows if a record of prisoners was kept or how many have been re-captured. Jim Shannon, (DUP, Strangford, Column 32) said, "The indications are that it took eight months to dig the tunnels and 450 prisoners on their hands and knees probably upwards of 12 hours to escape-but nobody saw anything."   However, there are conflicting reports that 'friends' of the escapees may have tunnelled in and bypassed all the security check-points over a five month period.   We'll probably never know but, either way, it sounds like a right Carry On.

It was followed by Hague's Statement on Libya - it's HERE in Hansard if you'd like to read more.

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