Kirstie Allsopp wades into Pen Farthing pet rescue row

‘We have betrayed so many people and then told them that animals matter more’: Kirstie Allsopp wades into Pen Farthing pet rescue row in lengthy Twitter rant

  • Broadcaster says it’s a ‘betrayalthat people were left behind after evacuation
  • Former Royal Marine Pen Farthing succeeded in evacuating dogs and cats to UK
  • Allsopp claimed Britain has effectively told Afghans that ‘animals matter more
  • Says she is ‘concerned many Brits feel more empathy for animals than humans’.
  • Kirstie Allsopp has said dogs never ‘come close to being as valuable as a human lifeas she hit out at the evacuation of 150 animals from Afghanistan.

    The TV property broadcaster, who has a border terrier named Dandy, said it was a ‘betrayalthat men, women and children had been left behind after the evacuation.

    She spoke out after former Royal Marine Paul ‘PenFarthing succeeded in evacuating dogs and cats to Britain from an animal shelter in Kabul over the weekend.

    Allsopp claimed the UK had effectively told Afghans that ‘animals matter moreand said she was ‘concerned many Brits feel more empathy for animals than humans’.

    Mr Farthing’s campaign to get his animals to safety has become hugely topical over the past fortnight, met Ben Wallace, minister van verdediging, wat kla dat dit afleidend was van die fokus op die ontruiming van die kwesbaarste uit Afghanistan.

    Pen Farthing, afgebeeld met sy vrou Kaisa Markhus nadat hulle in Oslo herenig is, Noorweë

    Pen Farthing, afgebeeld met sy vrou Kaisa Markhus nadat hulle in Oslo herenig is, Noorweë

    Mnr Farthing en sy vrou Kaisa is toegelaat om te vergader, maar nie aan te raak nie weens kwarantynreëls

    Mnr Farthing en sy vrou Kaisa is toegelaat om te vergader, maar nie aan te raak nie weens kwarantynreëls

    Kirstie Allsopp, who was a border terrier named Dandy, is pictured on ITV's Daybreak in 2013

    Kirstie Allsopp, who was a border terrier named Dandy, is pictured on ITV’s Daybreak in 2013

    Allowed to meet, but not touch, due to quarantine rules after Mr Farthing's return from Kabul

    Allowed to meet, but not touch, due to quarantine rules after Mr Farthing’s return from Kabul

    In a series of tweets yesterday, Allsopp said Mr Farthing was ‘a symptom of the British obsession with pets over people and the betrayal those left behind will feel’.

    She told how her mother, the late interior decorator Fiona Hindlip, used to say the UK was the ‘only country where you can admit to preferring your dogs to your children’.

    Pen Farthing sê hy is nie bekommerd oor wat die een of ander politikus oor my sê nie’

    'N Voormalige Royal Marine wat gekritiseer is nadat hy 'n boodskap aan 'n regeringshulp agtergelaat het te midde van die ontruiming van 150 honde en katte uit Afghanistan het gesê dat hy 'nie bekommerd is oor wat 'n politikus oor my sê nie'.

    Paul 'Pen’ Farthing het ná 'n opname om verskoning gevra, verkry deur The Times, het hom gevange geneem om Peter Quentin te berispe, 'n spesiale adviseur van die minister van verdediging, Ben Wallace, en die personeellid daarvan beskuldig dat hy 'blokkeer'’ pogings om die ontruimingsvlug te reël.

    Na die aankoms van die privaat befondsde huurvlug op die Heathrow -lughawe in Londen, het mnr Farthing, wat uit Oslo gepraat het, het Maandag aan ITV se Good Morning Britain gesê hy is 'ongelooflik skaam oor my taal'’ in die stempos.

    In 'n onderhoud met die Daily Mail, hy herhaal sy verskoning, maar dit lyk asof hy die fokus na die regering en sy bondgenote verskuif’ onttrekking uit Afghanistan. Hy het aan die koerant gesê: 'Ek het om verskoning gevra vir die taal wat ek gebruik het, maar dit is dit. Ek is nie bekommerd oor wat die een of ander politikus oor my sê nie. Dit is nie op my radar nie. Wat op my radar is, is dat hierdie ondeurdagte onttrekking 'n land oornag vernietig het en tallose lewens gekos het.’

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    Allsopp, 50, who is a mother-of-four, bygevoeg: ‘If I were left in Afghanistan, or were trying to get a member of my family out, I simply could not conceive how we could get dogs and cats on a plane to the UK but not humans.

    ‘We have betrayed and let down so many people and then told them straight up that animals matter more.

    Sy gaan voort: ‘Imagine how you would feel seeing those animals gain access to the airport while you still waited in a sewage ditch with your exhausted and terrified children.

    Allsopp also tweeted: ‘I adore my dog. I do not, for one single second, think my dog comes close to being as valuable as a human life. I would swap my dog for a human life, and I mean any human life, not just my family and friends.

    It comes as Mr Farthing was criticised after leaving an expletive-laden message for a Government aide amid the evacuation of the dogs and cats from Afghanistan.

    He said he was ‘not worried about what some politician is saying about me’.

    Mr Farthing had apologised after a recording, verkry deur The Times, het hom gevange geneem om Peter Quentin te berispe, a special adviser to Mr Wallace, en die personeellid daarvan beskuldig dat hy 'blokkeer'’ pogings om die ontruimingsvlug te reël.

    Na die aankoms van die privaat befondsde huurvlug op die Heathrow -lughawe in Londen, het mnr Farthing, wat uit Oslo gepraat het, het Maandag aan ITV se Good Morning Britain gesê hy is 'ongelooflik skaam oor my taal'’ in die stempos.

    In 'n onderhoud met die Daily Mail, hy herhaal sy verskoning, maar dit lyk asof hy die fokus na die regering en sy bondgenote verskuif’ onttrekking uit Afghanistan.

    Hy het gesê: 'Ek het om verskoning gevra vir die taal wat ek gebruik het, maar dit is dit.

    ‘I’m not worried about what some politician is saying about me. Dit is nie op my radar nie. Wat op my radar is, is dat hierdie ondeurdagte onttrekking 'n land oornag vernietig het en tallose lewens gekos het.’

    Mr Farthing had said he was still working to help evacuate 68 Nowzad diereskuilpersoneel en familielede, insluitend 25 kinders en een pasgebore baba, uit Afghanistan as deel van sy Operation Ark -veldtog.

    The campaign became a hot topic on social media, with Mr Wallace saying some of Mr Farthing’s more militant supporters had ‘taken up too much timeof senior commanders.

    It comes as Dominic Raab denied claims that he did not speak to ministers in Afghanistan and Pakistan for months ahead of the evacuation crisis, describing them as ‘not credible and deeply irresponsible’.

    The Sunday Times reported that the Foreign Secretary had ‘shown no interestin taking calls from either country’s government in the six months before the evacuation.

    The newspaper cited an unnamed Pakistani official, who said Mr Raab had thought of Afghanistan as ‘yesterday’s war’.

    Vandag, Mr Raab hit back at the claims, and said there had been a ‘team effortacross the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to communicate with the two countries.

    Mr Raab told Sky News: ‘Anyone that is toddling off to the Sunday Times or any other newspaper at a time of crisis, including the evacuation which has been two weeks running, giving buck-passing briefings either at me or the FCDO is, eerlik gesê, not credible and it is deeply irresponsible.

    The Cabinet minister added that he had spoken to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi ‘more intensively given the evacuationand defended the Foreign Office’s record in Afghanistan, because it has supported the evacuation of 17,000 people since April.

    Egter, he was unable to name any time before the last few weeks in which he had spoken to ministers from either Pakistan or Afghanistan.

    He told LBC: ‘I can’t tell you my precise call sheet for the last six months.

    But he said he was part of a ‘team of ministersand delegated phone calls to colleagues, including Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, who had led the UK’s relationship with the Afghan government.

    Mr Raab added: ‘It is right that you have delegation, a division of labour, if you are going to operate effectively as a team. Anyone who tells you otherwise has not done a job like this.

    The Foreign Office told the Sunday Times that Mr Raab had spoken to Pakistani minister Mr Qureshi on August 22 en Augustus 27, but could not cite any earlier conversations between the two men in the last six months.

    It instead said that Lord Ahmad was responsible for communicating with Pakistan and Afghanistan as the minister for South Asia.

    Former Royal Marine Pen Farthing's campaign has become hugely topical on social media

    Former Royal Marine Pen Farthing’s campaign has become hugely topical on social media








    British citizens and dual nationals boarding a military plane at Kabul Airport on August 16

    British citizens and dual nationals boarding a military plane at Kabul Airport on August 16

    Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith described criticism of Mr Raab’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan as ‘childish and pathetic’.

    Speaking on LBC, Sir Iain said: ‘A lot of the briefing against Dominic Raab is rather childish and pathetic, during the course of a crisis where you want this thing settled.

    ‘You don’t want to have a debate about whether somebody should be there or not there, as long as they’re doing their job and you want them to get on with that job.

    Mr Raab faced criticism for not returning early from his holiday in Crete earlier this month, as Kabul was seized by the Taliban.

    The Foreign Secretary has said that ‘with hindsighthe would have abandoned his holiday sooner.

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