Pen Farthing has 'got what he wanted' says Nigel Farage
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Earlier this week, the former Royal Marine appeared on Good Morning Britain, where he claimed the Ministry of Defence had left him stranded and “cut off” in Kabul. Mr Farthing, who runs an animal shelter in Afghanistan, launched a campaign to get his workers and animals from the Nowzad shelter out of the country. However, after receiving support from the public, on Friday the MOD announced that the ex-marine and his animals were at Kabul airport and clearance for their charter flight had been sponsored by the UK Government. During Sunday’s GB News, Nigel Farage discussed Mr Farthing’s evacuation with former DUP leader Arlene Foster. However, the segment caused an uproar among viewers and some slammed Farage for “not getting his facts right”.
“As a nation, you know, we are very keen on animals,” Farage began. “We are very sentimental about animals.
“But what I want to know is, who is this Pen Farthing? I mean, he appears to have had one of the biggest PR, media campaigns.
“He has clearly got some very powerful friends, in very influential places.”
Turning to their guest, Foster, Farage said: “I don’t know, Arlene. Perhaps we are being unfair.”
He continued: “But it seems as if the guy had massive media support, influential friends and spoke to people in the most extraordinarily rude way.
“He kind of got what he wanted, but I just wonder, what was behind it all?”
Foster replied: “I think he’s obviously under a lot of pressure and he cares deeply about the animals. He wanted to get them out.
“There is no excuse for speaking to people who are also under incredible pressure, trying to deal with a whole range of issues we have already heard this morning.”
She went on to add: “The unit that was dealing with people who wanted to raise concerns about the Afghani’s and getting them out to the UK, hasn’t read some of the emails that have come in.
“I have to ask the question, was that because time was being spent on other issues that shouldn’t have been dealt with?
“I really do have to ask that question.”
Farage’s comments left some viewers unimpressed, with many taking to social media to share their thoughts.
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Some angry viewers even claimed to have switched channels.
One claimed: “Pen wanted nothing else than rescuing his staff and animals.
“He had a privately sponsored plane and offered even 180 seats for other people. The animals would have been transported in the hold, where no people are allowed. This man is a hero. Get your information right.”
Another raged: “@Nigel_Farage I’m surprised at you. Please check the facts about @PenFarthing I was the biggest fan of @GBNEWS.
“You were different from the rest, but you’ve joined in with the smear campaign against him. I’m really disappointed and disgusted in the channel.”
A third wrote: “Is everything that went wrong with this evacuation going to be blamed on Pen Farthing?? This is getting ridiculous.
“Blame the govt for poor planning. They had 18 months to get the necessary personnel out. The French evacuated their nationals, translators, embassy staff in May.” (sic)
“Disappointing @Nigel_Farage ought to have done a little research before asking such a question. And perhaps put it into a wider perspective…” a fourth tweeted.
A fifth simply wrote: “Had enough of this nonsense. Goodbye GB news.”
GB News is available to watch weekdays from 6am.
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