My Son was lucky (Or Unlucky !!) enough to be the youngest lad on HMS Exeter at Xmas,so they done the PR bit of him carring the Xmas tree on board whilst in Gus. The Local rag down here was sent the photo and published the usual PR Speel about him and me etc. Last week someone wrote the a reply about there thoughts on a lad of his age being on a warship.See what you think,Ive wrote a very diplomatic reply to the Paper but really I wanted to say what F**king Planet are you living on ****** !! Letter is as follows: I was appalled you considered it acceptable to glorify child soldiers with the story and photograph (You can see it on the Exeter Website ) "Enter the Tree Bearer " As a 17 year old boy serving aboard a British warship may not participate in the democratic voting process, secure a mortgage to buy a house,may not indulge in a Homosexual relationship or even buy a beer,yet can be involved with the unleashing of weapons of mass destruction on innocent civillians. This is counter to UN regulations,yet the UK goverment blatantly disregards basic human rights by sending young people, essentialy children with no legal rights, into battle. HMS Exeter carries convential non nuclear cruise missile (?????)which can rain down upon cities causing "collaterall damage".This young person is a victim of a militaristic system that condems violence within its own shores yet finds it acceptable to occupy a foreign territory by force using militia below the age of consent. The Judaeo-Christian ethos of "Blessed are the Peacemakers"shows massive duplicity,with Anglican Bishops sitting in an unelected legislature supporting imperialistic activity under a head of both the state and established orthodox religion,who is also supreme commander of the armed forces. The boy may be lauded for aspiring to a career,but is it morally legitimate ? Signed Joby Akira.