The Sunday Times, CO Resigns and Cherry Dips in

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  1. The Sunday Times
    October 23, 2005

    Colonel quits as troops are denied armoured land rovers in Iraq
    Michael Smith

    "THE commanding officer of a battalion serving in Iraq has resigned after failing to obtain armoured Land Rovers for his patrols.
    Lieutenant-Colonel Nick Henderson, commander of the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, is understood to have been furious last week after one of his senior sergeants died as a direct result of the failure to supply “armour protected” Land Rovers for his men, defence sources said."

    Same Edition

    The gym, James! Cherie gets chauffeured armoured car
    Jon Ungoed-Thomas

    "CHERIE BLAIR has become the first prime minister’s spouse to be given an official government car and driver for her personal use, including shopping trips and visits to the gym.
    Use of the car, a bullet-proof Vauxhall Omega, is estimated to be costing taxpayers more than £50,000 a year. She also has the use of a Ford Galaxy people carrier as backup."

    John don't know what ta say.


     
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    (A bit more armour please...and some more windshield cleaner fluid too)


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  3. Lt Col Henderson - you are a bloody hero!
     

  4. Agreed. What a man..

    To hell with the Bliars. It's not a surprise that they're stealing tax money.
     
  5. Er Yes Hackle
    Seems thee jurnos can't agree on the tale to tell.
    john
     
  6. True Jon

    Fair amount of contradiction/confusion in those two stories alone. Meanwhile the Independent on Sunday has a different angle on the tragic death of Sgt Hickey, and lists all the casualties to date by name.
     
  7. Hate to put a dampner on your parade but...

    CO 1 Coldm Gds put his name in for redudancy like so many other Infantry Officers whose YoB was 1974 or older. It got announced quite early on in the tour, along with another CO in 'The Ace of Spades'. If hewas going to 'fall on his sword' I think it would have been over a lack of Warrior IFV and not Snatch.

    On another note - they had a bloodygood tour and it was a travesty that they lost a bloke so close to the end. As a friend of mine always say - 'it is always the last mile of the patrol that is most dangerous'.
     
  8. As we were told situation in Iraq goes better, so armoured cars are too expensive from point of view of MoDs planners.

    As to beutifull, adorable wife the Great leader then her safety is no doubt a subject of serious concern of British people.
     
  9. "CHERIE BLAIR has become the first prime minister’s spouse to be given an official government car and driver for her personal use, including shopping trips and visits to the gym.
    Use of the car, a bullet-proof Vauxhall Omega, is estimated to be costing taxpayers more than £50,000 a year. She also has the use of a Ford Galaxy people carrier as backup."
    With her good looks lets hope it has blacked out windows,nice to see her safety is above all others.

    Any way that Arrse can send Lt Col Henderson a letter of support?
     
  10. Do you think that she'll feel guilty? The only time she considers that word is when she's in her day job.

    Why can't they share a car . He works from home after all.
     
  11. Why don't they use these, at a mere £413,000 each?

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  12. I don't care if the CO fell on his sword or was going anyway, as long as the travesty of The First (and hopefully last) Lady Blair needing armour to do the shopping in London and getting it is splashed all over the papers. It's the troops in Iraq, who need armour a damn sight more than she does, and their not getting it should be shouted from the roof tops. That decision is another example of Labour leading from the front.... not. The blood's on BLiar's hands and it's just a pity he doesn't give a t0ss.
     
  13. Well done that man! Even if he had tendered his resignation beforehand, he has raised the profile of problems such as these.

    It just disappoints me that people have to go to these lengths in order that it comes to the attention of the general public. I wonder if Mrs Bliar can see the dichotomy?

    GR