It's not been reported that widely (well, I saw it on the BBC anyway), but last week Governor Gulab Mangal has been sacked. He was, it always seemed to me, only kept in place by the efforts of the FCO and the UK Govt. Now that he's gone, replaced by a Major General, I can only assume that there has been a massive reduction in UK influence in the Province - and that as we are on the way out, of course. Will this affect our withdrawal? Will it increase the rate of security transfer? Anyone know anything of the new chap, a former Afghan spook?