At the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5024104.stm is a typical BBC anti-Army rant - "More than 1,000 members of the British military have deserted the armed forces since the start of the 2003 Iraq war, the BBC has discovered." and "During 2005 alone, 377 people deserted and are still missing. So far this year another 189 are on the run. Some 900 have evaded capture since the Iraq war started, official figures say. The Ministry of Defence is very secretive about the number of men and women who desert from the armed forces. " Even better - The Ministry claims that that it does not keep details of whether desertion is on the rise but a Labour MP, John McDonnell, told Parliament this week that there had been a tripling in cases over the past three years. This is the sort of inflammatory, headline-grabbing tripes that I now expect to see from the BBC, but it still disappoints me. Nowhere does it give any facts regarding the number of desertions (surely mostly AWOL really - a QUITE different thing!). I do hope that the MoD will be able to refute this cr@p in short order - but am doubtful about their ability to do so, and certainly doubtful that the BBC would ever publish a retraction (they are, of course, never wrong). I particularly like the bit about "evaded capture" btw, it sounds as if they are actually being hunted - when we all know that this has never been the case. Why do I pay a licence fee for this?