When the UK helped topple the Taliban and the extremists they shielded as part of an international operation, the whole world celebrated. With the Taliban back in charge today the world shudders and awaits their latest atrocities against women in Afghanistan and attacks beyond their borders.
That our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary were on holiday as events unfolded and ignored warnings is unforgivable given the risks to UK personnel and our allies who’ve sacrificed everything in the hope of a stable, democratic country which has now been demolished so abruptly.
The Tories’ talk about ‘Global Britain’ but that has been shown for the empty slogan it truly is, with cuts to our army and international aid. Our reach and partnerships seem to be shrinking before our eyes and, after already being contacted by three local people, I’m fearful for anyone whose family members are trapped in this chaos.