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Old 8th September 2017, 18:09
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May and her government absolute shambles

May and her government have yet again royally F****d up with getting the help to the British dependencies in the Caribbean, the idiots had a weeks notice that a big one was on its way, and as usual they sat on there hands doing foxtrot alpha until it was too late.

May has got to go, utter shambles!
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Old 9th September 2017, 10:45
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I'm not sure that is fair. Better, of course, would be to have the wherewithal on site as seemingly did the French and US admins (but who had the advantage of being much closer).

For the UK to have dispatched assistance by sea such that it would have had to pass through/experience the thick of the weather would not have been fabulously clever.

These, we are told, are hundred year events. Only the profligate would maintain specific resources ready for the 100 year event. They have to be marshalled from what is generally available . Contingency.

The saying is "Cometh the hour cometh the man" not "When the hour comes the man will be exhausted by the waiting".
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Old 9th September 2017, 10:51
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I tend to think that a lot of the attacks about not being ready is unfair.
Mounts Bay is on site and actively helping. Aircraft on the way or by now there if they can find anywhere to land.
The comments about France and the Netherlands being there immediately is not correct. They have military based on their islands. As we know UK does not.
Also I don't think anyone could have foreseen the devastation.

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Old 9th September 2017, 11:42
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Totally unfair comment. The British government maintains a presence in the caribbean with a ship on station as guard ship for anti-drug patrols and disaster relief just such as this. The "Bay" Class RFA is eminently suitable for such tasking and has a proven track record within the constraints of government spending.
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Old 9th September 2017, 17:29
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I am reminded of a part verse of a song

"Winston Churchill sold us all a pup,
With all his might and main,
When it begins to rain,
He hasn't got the power to push it up."

We have people on the ground now, and they will work to assist, but a Hurricane is a force beyond resistance.

My thoughts are with the people there.
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