Winston Churchill was voted as the greatest Briton who ever lived; he must be turning in his grave at some of the decisions this government and its departments have made recently.
We have wonderful forces in this sceptred isle of ours, brave girls and boys who are fighting in appalling conditions for the freedom of this country and the right of other countries to enjoy the same. And how are they supported? The wonderful Royal British Legion has been supporting them since 1921, for 90 marvellous years. Recently there is also the charity called Help4Heroes, which does the same work only with glitz, glamour and lots of publicity. There are many other wonderful charities too, too many to mention. The support all comes from charities, and from the Government & the Civil Servants, what do they get? Not a lot at all.
How does this our Ministry of Defence support them? On Friday, in the Guardian, there was an article about the fact that objectivity could go as the British Forces Broadcasting Services could be contracted out. Horrendous news, only softened by the fact that those many, many men in grey suits in the big offices of the MOD, always take an incredibly long time to decide anything, so hopefully it may not even happen; as recent stories of the millions of pounds they have wasted on incompleted projects have stated. They need to look inwards to find costs savings ~ a definite case of too many Chiefs and not enough Indians ~ they sit there in comfortable offices, on very good wages, with a pension that most people don’t even achieve in their annual pay and make all these decisions for the boys and girls on the front line, who face danger and death every day.
I remember as a young girl, we used to go and see my Grandma & Grandad in London, and the Forces Favourites would be on the car radio. My Dad said that it was founded in North Africa, at the time he was out there in World War II, so there could be some feeling of connection with home. I hope the MOD makes a correct decision here for a change, although I do not hold out much hope for that happening!
It is taking the same route as the ‘Forest Sell Off’ too. Our trees, our heritage and our future, that this government thought it could just sell and no one would say a word! Well, lo and behold, they did say a word, in fact many words and thousands signed an on-line petition against the sale. The government changed its stance and called off the sale. Although, from what I can glean, some forests are still being silently sold – bad news.
Currently, there are plans to close a number of the Coastguard Stations. What is the matter with the people who make these decisions? These brave people go out in all weathers and situations, risking their own lives to save others. I really would like to see some of the civil servants sitting in their plush offices, out on a lifeboat or on the front line – gaining practical experience of how their cost cutting decisions would impinge on the everyday lives of our heroes!
And then there is Gary McKinnon. A British subject who has been forced to wait for years to find out what his fate will be. His ‘crime’ was hacking into American websites to look for information on UFOs. With all due respect to America, shouldn’t those websites have been far better fire-walled and protected? It makes sense! So the US is embarrassed and therefore goes on a witch hunt to get Gary extradited to stand trial over there. What does the government do? Says virtually nothing and just keeps passing the buck around from one person to another. Their treatment of a British subject has been nothing short of torture. I just wish that we could find some of the greatness that this country used to have and, of which, we all used to be so proud.
Richard Curtis summed the US/GB relationship up perfectly in Love Actually –
Press Conference Reporter: Mr. President, has it been a good visit?
The President: Very satisfactory indeed. We got what we came for, and our special relationship is still very special.
Press Conference Reporter: Prime Minister?
Prime Minister: I love that word “relationship.” Covers all manner of sins, doesn’t it? I fear that this has become a bad relationship; a relationship based on the President taking exactly what he wants and casually ignoring all those things that really matter to, erm… Britain. We may be a small country, but we’re a great one, too. The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that. And a friend who bullies us is no longer a friend. And since bullies only respond to strength, from now onward I will be prepared to be much stronger. And the President should be prepared for that.
I sometimes wish Richard Curtis could write the speeches and make the decisions – I am sure they would be more founded on what is right and decent, rather than on these pathetic cost cutting exercises that we are being subjected to and a pandering to the US.
Naive views they may be, but they are my views and I am exercising my right to state them.