Tess: My book was too rude

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By REX ROW­LANDS

TESS Daly had to tone down the sex scenes in her new book be­cause it was too FILTHY to pub­lish!

The pre­sen­ter, 42, was em­bar­rassed she had to pull steamy ses­sions from her de­but novel

Blonde babe Tess ad­mit­ted that some scenes in the book were, she says, ‘ur­gent and dirty’ and had to be cut.

But the stunna did get to keep some of the con­tent – for ex­am­ple an en­counter in the back of a limo which leads to ‘shud­ders of ec­stasy’ in the be­d­room.

She said: “They were toned down! I kept think­ing about my mother and mother-in-law read­ing it and so had to calm down some of the sex scenes.” BRI­TAIN’S sol­diers fight­ing in Afghanistan are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly de­mor­alised as they know they are in a war they can­not win, says a for­mer RAF chap­lain.

In a se­ries of emails re­ceived from Our Boys on the front­line, Dr Peter Lee says the men and women tak­ing on the Tal­iban know the war is point­less.

They paint a damn­ing por­trait of what our armed forces are go­ing through as they con­tinue to put their lives on the line just to save face for the politi­cians who sent them there.


Polls now show nine out of 10 Brits be­lieve that the war is un­winnable, and the ma­jor­ity feel con­fused about why our troops are fight­ing in the deserts and treach­er­ous moun­tains of the be­nighted coun­try.

One email, from a ma­jor whom Dr Lee calls Jim, says: “I’m be­ing sent to sta­bilise a coun­try I have no faith, in­ter­est or em­pa­thy in, to prop up a gov­ern­ment the UN says is cor­rupt.

“If I’m un­lucky and don’t re­turn my wife won’t have a hus­band and my three pri­mary school kids won’t have a daddy and I can­not for the life of me jus­tify that cost to them.

“Not for Afghanistan. Not for a war of choice al­ready lost across the world.”

And one Tory MP and for­mer mem­ber of the De­fence Com­mit­tee agrees.

He said: “I’m afraid I find my­self in­creas­ingly in agree­ment with the sen­ti­ments in the emails.”

A shock­ing 409 Bri­tish lives have been lost in the war since the in­va­sion in 2001.

More are ex­pected as the Tal­iban are still a de­ter­mined and hugely re­source­ful en­emy.

The ma­jor­ity of our troops will be pulled out early in 2014, whilst some will re­main un­til the end of that year to of­fer a ‘sup­port­ing combat role’ to the Afghan Na­tional Army.

But that fu­ture date leaves many won­der­ing why we don’t just leave now and let the Afghans get on with it them­selves.

Yet De­fence Sec­re­tary Phillip Ham­mond said: “If we are to make cer­tain that Afghanistan never again be­comes a haven for in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ists we must see the job through.”

Re­veal­ing more about the emails he has made public Dr Lee, who spent seven years as an RAF padre, said: “There is no chance that Jim, like the rest of his uni­formed col­leagues will refuse to serve, he is a man whose sense of hon­our and duty out­weigh his ca­pac­ity for self preser­va­tion.

“There­fore, he and his fam­ily must pre­pare for the even­tu­al­ity that he might not come home.

“As a for­mer mil­i­tary chap­lain I care deeply about what hap­pens to our ser­vice men and women.


“I have had to look into the eyes of wives, par­ents and chil­dren as they were told their loved one was not com­ing home. I have watched sol­diers com­ing out of in­duced comas to dis­cover a limb, or two, miss­ing.

“Our mil­i­tary per­son­nel con­tinue to fight with hon­our, brav­ery and de­vo­tion to their duty at the com­mand of our Gov­ern­ment.

“If they are to be asked to keep risk­ing their lives it should be for a clear, de­fined achiev­able goal.

“It should not be be­cause politi­cians and elec­toral strate­gists are trad­ing the ben­e­fits of early with­drawal against the im­pact at the bal­lot box in the next elec­tion.”

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