Prime Minister David Cameron made a joint announcement with Lord Coe today, setting out timetables for withdrawl of British troops from Afghanistan. Lord Coe followed this announcement by naming the full development squads for the Paralympic Amputee Rugby, Cricket and Football.
The Prime Minister gave a glowing tribute to the work of Lord Coe in ensuring that Britan can be proud of its Paralympic performance. 'These games will be broadcast worldwide, and it is vital that in our own backyard, and in the sports that our forefathers invented, let us not forget, we put up a decent showing. I was delighted to support the strategy that Lord Coe devised, once it had been fully explained to me, and in sending the young, valiant, brave and committed young men of our armed forces to a hostile environment to have various bits blown off them, he has ensured we have a pool of guys with just the right competitive spirit to fill our sports teams.
His Splash Landrover and Marshmallow Body Armour initiatives just show the true depth of planning Lord Coe has put in, and as a nation we can be very, very proud of him. As he is already enobled, due to a very fine performance in running laps round a track, I had a long meeting with the Queen to discuss how we could recognise his contribution to our country, and we both came to the conclusion that only the award of a Victoria Cross would suffice and Her Royal Highness will be proud to bestow that award for valour on behalf of the nation.
We must not forget, also, our chaps who have spent so many tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, eagerly awaiting having bits blown off them, but never quite achieving their purpose. It is right that we remember them, and not only have I personally approved an extra portion of black pudding for breakfast for every single man, I have also pressed George Osborne to defer the Capital Gains tax on their redundancy payments for a full month. This nation does not forget its heroes!
So now, once the guys out there have made their way back- do look out for them straggling back on ferries, airports, and in particular if you see them hitching, at least take them to the next Little Chef- I ask everyone in this Big Society of ours to fully get behind our Paralympic Amputee Teams and to remember Lord Coe's sacrifice- I hear his golf handicap has slumped to the teens, such has been his commitment to the glory and reputation of Great Britain."