Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

We All Rely On A Dodgy Submarine

May 19, 2015
Trident Whistleblower

Trident Whistleblower

Submariner William McNeilly, hero or villain?

We spend billions on Trident which the Government say is critical to our security but if what he says is true, we skimp on day to day elements.

Could this be because the big contracts that line the pockets of the Governments pals are only to be had on the major projects and once the paperwork is signed, no one cares?

It also seems the security onboard isn’t what you would expect and it’s possible for a terrorist to get on board – on the plus side though, the equipment isn’t maintained correctly so they won’t be able to turn the weapons on us.

We probably wouldn’t believe this if it wasn’t for the fact that we’ve seen it all before – remember the lack of equipment in Afghanistan?

Whatever your views on Trident, it doesn’t make sense to spend billions on something that, potentially, won’t work when you most need it.

So the Government should address these claims publicly, although we know that ‘National Security’ will take precedence and it will be done in secret.

That, to me, will prove William McNeilly is telling the truth ….. and that means he is standing up for us and for what he believes in – which makes him a hero in my blog.

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No Fly Zone

March 20, 2011
No Fly Zone Commences

No Fly Zone Commences

As I predicted HERE, the UN Security Council managed to take much too long in deciding to go ahead with the No Fly Zone over Libya – if this had started 3 weeks ago, or even 2 weeks ago, Gaddafi wouldn’t have been able to re-take areas of the country.

It would also have meant that his army would have been more in the open and easier to target.

The No Fly Zone is needed without a doubt but I am disappointed with the coverage in some of the papers. Take the News Of The World headline for instance – ‘Blown To Brits’.

A clever play on words  but what seems to be forgotten is, even without any collateral damage (dead civilians to you and me) … so far, there are people over there who just want to get on with their lives and are terrified in a war zone with high powered weapons raining down among them.

Like us they will have children, extended families and friends they care for and lets be honest, although you have Gaddafi supporters on one side and rebels on the other, your average Libyan probably just wants to get along without the hassle.

I hope this all goes to plan but I am worried that we might get caught up in another long, drawn out conflict – it’s doubtful though because I don’t think we can afford it.

Best moment of the footage on TV has to be the image of vehicles scattered around a road with rebels waving guns and explosions going off in the distance while a chicken just pecks about on the road … maybe it realised it was in a No Fly Zone.

Best of British

August 31, 2010

Reginald Warneford

This is Flight Sub Lieutenant Reginald Warneford. You probably won’t have heard of him, nor had I but I just read this about him in ‘Churchill’s Wizards’ by Nicholas Rankin.

In the First World War, after attacking a Zeppelin:

“The ensuing explosions turned his plane upside down, hundreds of feet in the air (where only his safety straps prevented him from falling out), and silenced his engine. He managed to glide down, land in enemy territory, fix his fuel line with a cigarette holder and a handkerchief, take off again and coast with an empty tank until he could crash land…”

Now that’s the way to do it

At Last a Worthwhile Awards Ceremony

December 21, 2009

The Sun's Millie Award

I’m sitting here watching ‘A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards’ on TV.

It’s the first awards ceremony I’ve had the inclination to watch in ages, I really can’t stand the usual self-congratulatory, back-slapping, arse-licking events.

But the winners here deserve all the praise they get. And every single one of them only accepted the awards on behalf of the rest of their teams with no self gratification at all.

The stories are emotional – that’s real emotion, not air kisses –  the actions are truly heroic – not CGI’d – and the courage is unbelievable.

The roll call of those killed, 99 in the period covered, also highlighted how young our troops are, mainly teens to early 20’s with only a few 40 or over.

The film of the people who line the streets of Wooton Bassett when the bodies of yet more troops are brought back shows how much support the troops have which is amazing when you consider the opposition to the war – or maybe it’s because of that opposition.

But wouldn’t it be nice if just one Government minister could manage to get there.

Three Handed Government

December 15, 2009

Chinook In Afghanistan

So the Prime Minister has finally announced more money for equipment to Afghanistan, including Chinook helicopters.

Good news but of course this has to be paid for and we are told it will mean cuts in MOD staff and the closure of RAF bases.

Now I’m not the sort of person who can crunch the big numbers the Government tries to hide, I take a more logical approach and I’m not getting this.

Presumably the extra equipment will have to be ordered,  it will take some time for it to arrive and hopefully we won’t be paying upfront. In the meantime the cuts at the MOD will be almost immediate.

So the Government gets a cash injection and yet again puts a payment off until another day. The cuts will conveniently show up before the next election (the increased spend will also be heralded loudly) but the cost will be passed onto the next Government .

Labour win either way – it could help them win the election but if they don’t the additional cost becomes a Tory problem.

Giving with one hand, taking with the other and a third for a sleight of hand behind the voters backs.

Double Standards on Iraq?

April 30, 2009
Leaving Iraq

Leaving Iraq

Today, British troops officially left Iraq.

As part of the ceremony the names of all those killed over the past six years were read out.

I don’t have a problem with this. Whatever the dodgy reasoning for them being there, they deserve to be remembered for what they have done….. but

On 8 December 2005 Maya Evans was arrested outside Downing Street for….. you guessed it, reading out the names of soldiers who had died in Iraq.

Yet again, double standards from this Government, who are happy to play politics with the lives of the soldiers who serve this country.

Give ‘freedom’ to the people of Iraq while taking it away from the people of Britain….Aaaaargh!