Ironic, Stirling, that on the newspaper link, their is a Google Ad for a "Support the Troops" pin badge - presumably the very troops who actually go out to serve their tour of duty on deployment in frontline operational theatres... :shock:
Doc: Of course; the case itself is sub-judice so should not be commented on, providing posters comply with RR posting rules. I was merely commenting on the irony of the newspaper advert alongside the story itself...
The readers' comments on that site are moderated by the editor of that particular paper, who will amend/delete comments if they breach the publisher's legal position; RR is no different. Because this particular thread is is DLs rather than CAs that does not make it immune from the general posting rules that apply on other threads in RR.
Contrary to the notion of certain posters, neither Rum Ration nor ARRSE are democracies where free speech is sacred. They are the COsâ€™ train sets and they rely on the Moderators to keep them out of the brown and smelly. Those of us still serving prefer our interviews with coffee.
The following is cut and paste on policy on certain news stories involving servicemen made by PartTimePongo. It applies to all forums, not just Current Affairs.
We cannot allow discussion on cases either pending, or in session, in Military courts, or concerning Military personnel in Civil courts. We do this, because of the unique makeup of this forum, and there is a very real danger, that someone will rush to be helpful or damaging , and open us to a charge of sub-judice or behaviour prejudicial to any proceedings. We also have a high number of journalists who may repeat accusations or statements made.
For this reason, we allow no discussion on pending or in session Courts-Martial or Civilian Court proceedings against service personnel, until the final outcome. This policy has been noticed, and it's one of the reasons MoD stay off our backs.
Rum Ration and ARRSE are fairly unique in ICRs, as there is a very high percentage of people who well may know the acused, and misguidedly or not, want to say what they know. Which is fatal with the press hovering about.