HMS Westminster on her way to help Burmese

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  1. hackle

    hackle Badgeman Moderator

    full article - Portsmouth News
  2. The Burma matter came up on yesterday's Radio 4 PM Programme. There was a very interesting interview with a Jane Cockin of OXFAM. She was firm that air drops would be ineffectve and wasteful. at point 17:20 to 19:10.

    What the good Mistress Cockin said was that the locations that aren't forest are wet and swampy, with the risk of stores being lost or spoiled. The other good point she made was that unless there is someone with authority at the DZ, the strongest and least needy get the pick leaving bugger all for those who most need it. It also seems a fair invitation for panic, greed, riot and violence. Had she been a Mil Loggie, she would probably have placed a large emphasis on DZ marking the areas that most need aid. It would be futile to precisely insert stores in the wrong place (as well as painful).

    I thought it interesting that she had a better grasp of logistics than David quick-say-something-popular Cameron.

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