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  1. The BBC's Newsnight programme is running a special on "The Broken Army" on Thursday. Got this off them today:

    On Thursday Newsnight will be devoting the whole programme to an analysis of the state of the Army. We'll have the first broadcast interview with General Sir Mike Jackson, in advance of the release of his controversial autobiography, Soldier. Mark Urban will explore whether the funding and operation commitments of the army have led to a crisis, and whether radical changes to its functions and set-up are needed. And we'll be releasing some fascinating polling about the public's attitude to the army, and its work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    And we'll be joined by a Defence Minister, who will be answering questions from a panel which will include former serving soldiers. But we'd also like to hear from you. What is the burning issue you want the MoD to address, or the one big question you want answered?

    Click here to let us know your thoughts. Or if you'd like to send your message as a video, you can upload it to a video sharing website, and send us the link. We'll aim to show some of them on Thursday's programme.

  2. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    That'll be the Junior Deputy Assistant Paperclip Counter, then. Can just see it now:

    Presenter: "Minister, can you just answer the question?"
    Minister: "Well, Jeremy, I understand what you're trying to say but what you fail to understand is..." [followed by some distribe that even Stephen Hawking could not decipher]

    But you never know; they might actually tell the truth! And the pigs are fed, watered and at Alert 5... 8O :roll:
  3. If a near enough true answer to a question means scoring some brownie points for their side then the relevant politician will give it. You betcha.....hell there's votes at stake.

    If the answer means turning the spotlight onto a cabinet minister then we can whistle in the wind 'cos it ain't coming. Politicians value their jobs/seats/perqs far more than the life of a member of the armed forces. don't deserve the loyalty shown you by the armed forces and you never will!

    Maybe it's time for a military coup?!?!??
  4. Never work in the UK. The Navy hates the Army who hate the RAF, meanwhile in the Navy the Submariners hate the skimmers and everyone hates the WAFUs! In the Army every regiment hates each other and the Crabs well they just love themselves! Naw would never work! :rambo:
  5. Yes but the Navy has a trump card... we have Trident.
  6. A Military Coup? What a wonderful thought, It`s to be noticed its to be about our noble General publishing his book, Now why did`nt he have the guts to suggest said coup, put a different slant on things methinks, having said that, the days are gone when Admirals and Generals etc would resign in protest which is more the pity IMO.
  7. Mark Urban is one of the few journos who really has a clue regarding the armed forces and defence issues in general having spent some, albeit brief, time in the army. Just finished reading his book "Generals" and recommend it highly.

    Will be interesting if the Security minister (a certain former 1SL) ever gets fronted by the government to field defence, and particularly naval, questions.
  8. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Well, we'll get MPGS to do it... :lol:
  9. It's interesting to note that General Sir Mike Jackson is only telling the truth about the current staste of todays Armed Forces now he has retired, why wasn't he spouting off when he was in?

    The new guy, Dannatt, however is still in post and is gobbing off like a good'un - that's what we need.

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