Letter to Mark Lancaster, MP
I was very interested to read in this week's Citizen that you are to
serve in Afghanistan for six weeks over the summer recess. I very much
hope that you will remain safe and find your time there productive.
As Simon Jenkins of The Guardian comments,
official policy on Afghanistan appears to have changed direction with
the wind, leaving the public understandably confused.
As my MP, I hope that you can undo the muddle.
Firstly, when we talk of our troops being involved in 'rebuilding projects',
are we talking about projects designed to address the most urgent needs
of the civilian population? What range of projects are we involved in?
Is there a list somewhere?
Secondly, could you give me some idea of the standard of living available
to Afghans? I am mystified that the Afghan economy appears to derive so
little benefit from supplying the international trade in heroin. The profits
to be made from this are clearly staggering.
Thirdly, given that nearly all heroin now flowing into the UK is sourced
in Afghanistan; with respect to the control of drug production and trafficking,
what useful purpose do you believe our troops are serving in Afghanistan?
I do hope that you do not take offence to my line of questioning. I
sincerely hope that you and your fellow travellers will come to no harm
whilst in this troubled country.
I look forward to hearing from you on your return,
All Best Wishes,etc