Military types and lounge bar commandoes have been on a roller coaster ride over the past 2 days, rumours about massive army job losses turned out to be true causing much grief and sullenness among those who serve and those who have served. 5,300 heroes are for the bagwash, the mallet, the bullet, if you will pardon the pun. The numbers who will be sent 'down the road' will present problems, unemployment of course will be one, considering that an average 800 a year are dishonourably discharged for drug offences a rise in drug taking would not surprise anyone either. Since the greatest homogeneous group to be found in our prisons and mental hospitals are ex army personnel it would seem reasonable to expect extra strain on these services as well, sobering thoughts indeed.
Where stands the protection of the realm though and how much do these redundancies weaken and damage the safety of our country? 5,300 men trained to kill and obey orders are not easily replaced; do you feel safer without them? Fortunately the stories, pictures and interviews of the past few days can serve to reassure us that we can all sleep safe and sound at night knowing that the 5,300 will not be missed as long as we have Prince Harry. Handsome, valiant, gallant and royal; what a package. Sober or soused he's the man for the job, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and slaughter 20 fuzzy wuzzies with a rolled up copy of the London Times before getting pissed and going swimming with naked young women. It's a great life in the army! The newspapers are now telling us that he is now a killer; the template of the warrior prince is now complete. What they have not told us though is whether the person or persons he killed were men, women or children or indeed if they were tied up and blindfolded when he carried out his heroic task.
All this and a royal baby on the way, is it any wonder the wee Spiv Salmond threw in his lot with the Queen of Britain?
Terry,how can you make observations on the feelings of forces' personnel due for redundancy. I don't doubt for one moment that they will be upset, but you are being somewhat extreme in your assumptions.avatno
Anonymous said...Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:50:00 am
Can you be a bit more precise?
You are assuming that there will be "grief and sullenness". I would assume that they will be concerned regarding their future, but it's my understanding that a large proportion of them have been sent to Afghanistan so often that they have had enough anyway.
The issue of 800 and drug offences: it was my understanding that any NCO caught on random drug testing would be discharged, but any private on a first offence would not. If there were a second o0ffence, then maybe he was attempting a quick route out.
I am not and have never been a royalist, but you again are voicing an opinion regarding Harrys "kills" that are totally unsubstantiated. On what basis would he have shot someone who was "bound and gagged"?
Regarding him swimming naked, he shouldn't have done it, but that was more an error of judgement and he should have know better.
Anonymous said...Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:28:00 pm
The figures for dishonourable discharges from the Army are a matter of record. It certainly is my opinion and I repeat, I don’t believe a single word of the blatant propaganda campaign which has been initiated to turn the royal half wit in to a macho hero.
They tried it before and it became known that he was never nearer than 6 miles from any danger with a personal body guard and surrounded by concrete bunkers, for god’s sake man try thinking for yourself.
Kelly @ 4.28
I have an idea it would be difficult getting a personal bodyguard, let alone a concrete bunker, in the pointy end of an Apache helicopter, but what do I know.
Personally, given his connections,I'd follow the example set by political off-spring...you wouldn't get me within a hundred miles of Camp Bastion.
I personally think its better to throw your lot in the Queen as a puppet head of state than throw in your lot with the Tories(who are ruling the UK) which is what is happening with Labour these days.
You cannot be happy with the level of encroachment that is ongoing.
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