Saturday, December 13, 2008

Not Much Of A Surprise

Gordon Brown was in Afghanistan this morning, making a visit the Telegraph reported as a 'surprise'. Whether this means it was a spur-of-the-moment thing or just unknown to the press in advance is not clear. However, I'd have thought that for the brave troops out there (and indeed in Iraq), getting a visit from Gordon Brown is just about the worst surprise they could get. The word 'surprise' carries with it positive connotations; a bonus at work, a nice birthday present, or something else that's generally pleasant. Having a visit from the man who has neglected to provide you with cars that are impervious to bombs, despite you driving around in an area full of bombs, is a surprise akin to your bowels falling out of your arsehole in the middle of your wedding.

Also, how much of a coincidence is it that Brown makes this 'surprise' visit at a time when he's getting the shit kicked out of him by the Germans, and has been caught lying about knife crime statistics?


DC said...

I was out in Iraq last year when he came on a 'surprise' visit. I've never heard such an uninspiring speech which basically consisted of about 3 stock phrases which were trotted out in what seemed to be random intervals.

What was worse was that we were ordered to applaud when he'd finished speaking.

The Raven said...

I've been told very similar things by a mate in the army. He was also in Iraq last year.

It's disgraceful if they force you to clap. It's also pretty disgraceful that he has the cheek to go there at all.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping the Taliban would get him. Where are those insurgents when there'a an honest job of work to be done?