Clywd in Basra, & Return of the "Argyll and Souther

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Two amusing pieces from Simon Pia in today's Scotsman:

Ann's Basra battle for Ben Brown

WHILE the world’s eyes have been on Iraq, it is heartening to hear that Blair’s Babes have been in Basra trying to ensure the world’s eyes were on them.

Ann Clwyd, the Prime Minster’s special envoy on human rights to Iraq, had staff at the consulate groaning about "za publicity-seeking nightmare". Her sole intent seemed to be to get on television, says our man in Basra. "Where is Ben Brown?" was her mantra. "I must find Ben Brown."

"What about Gethin Chamberlain, ma’am?" a colleague suggested.

"Gethin who?"

Meanwhile, enter stage left Baroness (Emma) Nicholson, another election monitor who, when she discovers that Ms Clwyd has called a press conference, demands one too. On election day, the pair were to be seen swanning around the consulate at Saddam Hussein’s old palace next to the Shatt al Arab canal, but never together. Meanwhile, the hack-pack were rounded up to be escorted to the polling station. But it turns out that some of these representatives of Her Majesty’s Press were not from London, and Ms Clwyd was not amused. She only wanted broadcasters and the London broadsheets.

The climax of the day was the press conference, with key Iraqi officials and British military. Ms Clwyd was waiting for her turn to address the world’s media when there was a call to the hack-pack to be on a helicopter out of town in five minutes. As they rushed for the door with ill-disguised glee, Ms Clwyd was left behind with only a few Iraqi journalists. Ben Brown was nowhere in sight.
The Daily Mail is indeed the paper of middle - or should that be little? - England. A weekend feature celebrated the heroics of "the Argyll and Southern Highlanders."
Unfortunately even The Scotsman website is not entirely immune from this error, although they usually pick it up in time for the print edition. In their case it originates with some numpty in the Press Association, who apparently continues to believe that is the name of the present Regiment. Time to find that person and errr deal with them. :twisted:

Today's Scotsman also carries another report from Gethin Chamberlain "with the Scots Guards outside Basra". http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=404&id=120132005 More 'robust' words from the CO, Lt Col Harry Nickerson:
We deployed in strength," he said. "We are not mucking about. If we know someone is there we will go in with enough to completely overwhelm the odds. We have got it so we will use it."
 
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Where is Ben Brown?" was her mantra. "I must find Ben Brown."
Reading the 'Little RTFQ' thread last time I saw him Ann. Hope that helps.

Is this the same Ann Clwyd that said Baghdad was 'lovely and peaceful, no explosions' when there were Arrse members reporting lumps of High street , buildings and cars landing all around them not 5 miles from her location?

The same Ann reporting no explosions whilst reporters were trying to point out the pall of smoke nearby?

Good old Ann , the Nelsonian touch. :evil:
 

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PartTimePongo said:
Where is Ben Brown?" was her mantra. "I must find Ben Brown."
Reading the 'Little RTFQ' thread last time I saw him Ann. Hope that helps.

Is this the same Ann Clwyd that said Baghdad was 'lovely and peaceful, no explosions' when there were Arrse members reporting lumps of High street , buildings and cars landing all around them not 5 miles from her location?

The same Ann reporting no explosions whilst reporters were trying to point out the pall of smoke nearby?

Good old Ann , the Nelsonian touch. :evil:
Obviously taking on the Comical Ali role when he said the Armericans were being defeated by the forces of Saddam while in the background was a nice view of the lead American tanks. One of the great moments of TV news history. Must be the air in Baghdad and how if affects polllies. :lol:
 

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