A near-empty mercy flight has taken off from Kabul carrying the wife of an ex-Royal Marine commando but almost nobody else  – despite western nations offering to take thousands of desperate Afghans out of the country after abandoning it to the Taliban.  Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing, a British expat who lives in Kabul, has been separated from his wife during the chaos engulfing Afghanistan. He said on Twitter that she is now on her way home, and shared an image of the inside of what is believed to be a Norwegian plane.  ‘Kaisa is on her way home!BUT this aircraft is empty… scandalous as thousands wait outside Kabul airport being crushed as they cannot get in. Sadly people will be left behind when this mission is over as we CANNOT get it right’, the ex-Marine wrote.  Defence Secretary Ben Wallace insisted that Britain is using ‘every space possible’ on its rescue flights and…    read more