Eight thousand soldiers, many who are serving on the front line in Afghanistan, will be told upon returning home from an unwinnable war that their P45s are in the post.
As an ex-service-man from WWII, I feel sure the many others who also risked their lives will be astounded by this foolhardy decision. Who the hell in this muddled Government makes these idiotic decisions? Obviously no one with any knowledge of what war is all about. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, promoted from Transport by Cameron, knows as much about fighting a war as Gordon Brown did about saving the world. David Cameron is supposedly the man in charge, the man who takes the bullets but like the rest of his fellow toffs he is seen living in cloud cuckoo land. The world is in a perilous state and these foolhardy decisions do nothing to help the safety of Britain and its allies. One has only to listen to the men with the experience like ex-army commander Patrick Mercer, former SAS officer Colonel Tim Collins, ex commander of British forces in Afghanistan and Richard Kemp. The sheer size of the redundancy in a single hit will devastate morale and will send the wrong message to the forces that are still fighting this losing war on the front lines in Afghanistan. Defence of our country should never depend on the demands of the Treasury, but the decisions are taken by MPs who do not know what is happening in the real world. This was perfectly evidenced by that pompous privately educated chief whip Andrew Mitchell (know your place plebs, doff your cap to your masters and remember who is in charge). Well come 2015, Mitchell along with his masters will surely get his comeuppance but like the fighting forces of this country he won’t be left out of pocket and handed a P45, his posh friends at the top will see to that.