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Prince Among Men

by | 26th, January 2006

‘WATCHING through webbed fingers as George Galloway championed the need for respect by wearing a figure-hugging red leotard and acting out the emotion “A slight feeling of bewilderment when a puppy won’t come to you when called” we may have missed some other news.

The Independent reminds its readers that while the Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow was chomping on cigars and cream – albeit the latter imaginary and stuck to Rula Lenska’s hand – British troops were hard at work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Such is the situation in Afghanistan that Britain is sending up to 4,000 extra troops there. For those of you who thought Afghanistan was, if not a package tourist destination, then at least a place no longer ruled by the gun, this is shock news.

As the paper says, when deployed, the size of the British contingent in Afghanistan will be just 1,000 fewer than at the height of the war five years ago. Such a move hardly suggests that the situation in Afghanistan is ideal.

And it is sure to put more strain on Britain’s military. The turmoil in Iraq means that British troops are fighting on two fronts – not so good for a force kitted out in melting boots and non-firing guns.

But, perhaps, it is good news for Prince Harry, a raffish cove who might well thrill to the idea of being dispatched to a genuine battle zone.

As the Times reminds its readers, in an interview to mark his 21st birthday, the Prince was heard brimming with brio. “There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country,” he said

And, as the Times predicts, the grill-head Prince look set to be given his head. When he passes out from Sandhurst in April he’ll join the Household Cavalry, a move that, in the paper’s opinion, will mean he is almost certain to go on tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

There, Harry will encounter more aggression, resentment and enmity than he will have experienced in his military training, or even one of the Windsors’ family dos.

And if Harry is stationed at Baghdad airport, he may even come into contact with a small bearded woman in a burka by the name of Georgina Galloway…’

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