May I recommend to you the wise words of Nick Gurr, MOD's Director of Media and Communication, blogging today at Defence News (http://www.blogs.mod.uk/
For every question you raise, he has the pat answer, for every action by MoD, he has the justification, and for every piece of incompetence, he has the excuses.
Quite how our troops in Afghanistan would manage without the herculean efforts of Nick and his team I just don't know. We're obviously very lucky to have him.
The only remaining mystery is how the bastard sleeps at night.
As a result of our forces' efforts, around 80,000 more Afghans in Helmand now live in areas under government control, giving around 20,000 more the chance to vote, with 13 additional polling centres becoming useable. That does not mean that turnout in Helmand will match that in less troubled provinces. Helmand is at the heart of the insurgency and that is bound to have an effect. But more people will be able to exercise their democratic choice than was the case before Panthers Claw. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 804558.ece
Panther’s Claw aimed to push back the Taleban and allow people to vote in the area around Nad e-Ali, Helmand’s most populous district with 107,500 residents. Brigadier Tim Radford, commander of British forces in Helmand, said last month the operation had allowed 80,000 more Afghans to vote.
But fewer than 150 people actually cast their ballots in Nad e-Ali out of about 48,000 registered voters, according to Engineer Abdul Hadee, the local head of the Independent Election Commission.
and then ...
Mullah Ghulam Mohamamd Akhund, a Taleban commander in the district, said: “Everything was fine. There were no polling centres and no voting. We didn’t face any problems.”
One dreads to think what woild have happened if the voters of Nad e-Ali had not been living in areas under government control.