Packing up their old kit bags after arriving too late?

Soldiers arrive 7 days after Storm Arwen and less than 24 hours before power is re-connected on Friday.

They’re allegedly there to focus on welfare checks in communities still badly affected.

7 days? Don’t they have a rapid reaction force.

What will they actually do in a ‘welfare check?’ Anything? Make a report to their commanding officer tomorrow just as the power comes back on?

Have they been issued with non-slip footwear so they don’t get hurt and ambulances have to be called out?

Why at 6pm on Thursday, have they no photos of them actually doing something?

Is this another cynical political stunt like the ambulance drivers who could not do emergencies, who got in the way of trained drivers and who crashed two ambulances?

11 thoughts on “Packing up their old kit bags after arriving too late?

  1. I would call all this as
    The army engaged on political manoeuvres
    So it begs the Question who requested this then orderered
    Therein lays the answers as to whom the target
    And identified enemy is

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    1. This may be of interest from the Aberdeenshire Council website:

      On 1 December: ‘Storm Arwen public update 1.12.21 – Service Points/Helpline

      HAC (assistance centre) Storm Arwen – telephone 0808 1963 384 – will now be operating from 8am to 8pm to provide assistance/signposting to residents

      ‘ALL vulnerable people in terms of Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership are BEING CONTACTED DIRECTLY. The HAC is making outbound calls to vulnerable individuals identified by SSEN. If no contact is being made after 2 calls to the SSEN list, OUR TEAMS AREE OUT ON THE GROUND DOOR KNOCKING. (my emphasis)

      ‘Aberdeenshire Council Service Points also continue to provide that assistance to communities’

      ‘Welfare centres are now operating from the following locations and times … ‘ then long list given.

      On 30 November: the same site lists numerous welfare centres providing hot food, drinks and bottled water .

      And now today, 2 December the same source states under the sub-heading ‘Resilience/Military Aid’:

      ‘Following a formal approach to the UK Government for assistance, military personnel arrived in Aberdeenshire this morning to support our ongoing resilience efforts in the aftermath of Storm Arwen

      ‘The troops will focus on welfare checks on the ground within those communities still impacted by loss of power and will supplement what our own teams HAVE BEEN DOING since the weekend. (my emphasis)

      But as before on this site we learn: ‘Council volunteers have again been mobilised and have been deployed from strategic locations reporting to area coordinators – Police, Fire, Coastguard etc – for deployment into our communities to complete door-to-door contact with remainder of the most vulnerable still without power.’

      And then long lists are given as on prior days of welfare centres and related support.

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  2. I saw two of them on a BBC Scotland special courageously approaching a house that looked as though it had some some slush in the driveway.

    Probably wanting to use the lavvie.

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  3. They had nearly finished outfitting the Louisa Jordan when the TV people arrived. It had to be partially dismantled so army personnel could be seen “constructing” it. The army then left and the real workers took over.
    Now the media who were there, knew all this, but did not report it.
    “Journalism” in A British Colony.

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  4. Who sent them? Also, Covid, can we just avoid having these people if at all possible, super spreaders. Watch Covid cases go up in Aberdeenshire, still a nice wee hol for them in nice countryside as well.
    Anyone know why Covid cases in Fife have been higher than almost anywhere else in Scotland for some time? English Army and other military bases there, etc? Just seems a bit strange.

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  5. It’s only the third Storm Arwen related article I’ve read on the BBC webpages, but couldn’t help but notice in all 3 it ended with the exact same paragraph…
    “Thousands of homes in the north of England are also still without power after cuts caused by Storm Arwen”

    Having spotted no other news from the Scotland web-pages, went looking in north-east and north west. Surprised to read 13,000 yet are to have power restored, but a tad shocked 230,000 had initially been knocked out, yet aside that bland paragraph nothing of substance said.
    That would be the same “wrong wind direction” which Jane Lax had been taking the mince out of John Swinson for updating in Holyrood.

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    1. The storm really hit hard on the NE of England coast. My pals in Northumberland really struggled, much of their (semi rural) house was damaged and they struggled to keep it from being flooded due to a chimney being destroyed and a large roof tile having gone through their roof, seems no help was offered from the ‘army’, and their Tory council were nowhere to be seen, trees were brought down and some neighbours were left with no roof at all. It really was an emergency situation but seems they had to cope even though quite frail and elderly, and no ‘British’ army or anyone in sight to help. Where are the BBC when you need em eh!

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      1. Jeremey Vine’s dinnertime Radio 2. Pensioner from Cumbria was asked if the army had helped out. . . . Said there was no army in Cumbria as the council had teams out checking on people. . . . . .

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      2. ArtyHetty
        You enquire as to
        ” Where are the BBC when you need them ”
        The ABC ( BBC) are far too busy attending to needs of The Dark Forces
        Of Westminster,s propaganda needs
        To ensure their agenda is adhered too

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      3. Perhaps they should’ve contacted the BBC immediately and got a camera crew round. They could even have blamed Nicola Sturgeon – that would have got a response post haste.

        Obviously they’re not half as good at this sort of thing as a certain Scottish element.

        For the avoidance of doubt, this is /s.
        I hope your friends and their neighbours are OK.

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  6. I should imagine a welfare call would be knocking on the door and saying “Are you alright love?”

    BTW, being over 60, I got a text from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks on 25 November saying there was a high wind warning. There was a short code and an 0800 number to call if my power went down and I needed support.

    So Scotland at least was prepared in advance. As usual, it’s the remoter rural areas that have suffered most.

    Probably their vehicles were useful, and more bodies=more welfare calls. Hope thy kept their distance!

    I wonder if the soldiers in the photo are the same ones I saw when I got my booster? (In Aberdeen) The 5 I saw looked just like those 4, standing in what 1 of the staff called a “prayer meeting” 😀 .

    TBF, they did give injections (I asked), so presumably, this lot also ‘welfare called’. And it’s not their fault how they’ve been deployed.


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