Pen Farthing admits emotions ‘got the better’ of him during rant

Paul “Pen” Farthing said emotions “got the better” of him during an expletive-laden message left for a Government aide. A recording, obtained by The Times, captured Mr Farthing berating Peter Quentin, a special adviser to Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who he accused of “blocking” efforts to arrange the evacuation flight, reports Wales Online. Mr Farthing, who is originally from Dovercourt in Essex, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I’m incredibly embarrassed about my language, I do apologise to everybody who’s listened to that.

: Essex’s Jimmy Doherty employing people to join his Suffolk Wildlife Park’s team “I was at the lowest point I could possibly be. I understand how the world works but emotions got the better of me, so for all those who had to listen to that I do apologise for my language.

“I should not have said it like that, but the sentiment, yes, I was just incredibly upset, angry, frustrated, it was the lowest point. I had no other option, I didn’t know what else to do. “So that’s why you’ve probably heard some colourful language.”

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It’s one of the many ways that you can read the news that matters to you from EssexLive. The former Royal Marine said there were “several empty seats” on his evacuation flight with around 170 dogs and cats from an animal shelter in Afghanistan. Mr Farthing said he was the only person on the flight.

He added: “I went around and they reassured me that they had enough capacity for all the people that needed to leave. “I was probably like the last person to enter that airport – it was closed. Americans, the British, had obviously stopped taking people in because there had to be a point where they stopped taking people in.

“So they assured me they had enough capacity for everybody who was inside the airport.” Mr Farthing dismissed claims that he was helped by the UK Government to get into Kabul airport with his animals. He told GMB: “Nobody in the British Government facilitated my entry into that airport – I did that with the Taliban.

I came up to the British checkpoint, that was the first time – and this is well into the airport, the Taliban and British are stood there, there’s some barbed wire separating them – that was the first time I spoke to any British people. “So whoever is making any accusations or any comments needs to actually have been stood there on the ground to see how I got into that airport. Nobody facilitated my entry… any interpreters or anybody else, there was me and the truck full of dogs and cats, which went into a cargo hold where you cannot put people.”

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