I've been thinking about some of the posts on ARRSE, my own included, in which we roundly (and quite rightly) sl@g off this gobment, tree-huggers, lefties and communists. There is vast and varied readership of this venerable forum, from the walt/chav/youngster at one end of the spectrum, through to serving, ex-serving personnel and politocos, journos and policymakers at the other end. As a whole, ARRSE is a thorn in the side of the gobment, the anti-christ as far as the left-wing is concerned (as are the forces), and a bit of a rude thing as far as the MOD is concerned. By comparison, (and this is what got me thinking), the UKNDA is peopled by the eloquent, the great and good, movers and shakers and it has managed in a short time to get lots of publicity. Do you think that ARRSE is furthering the cause of our forces, over and above the damage it does in the mind of the ambivalent, or outright hostile? For example, say we had a minister who was no conversant with forces issues, and was looking into it, what would he make of the ARRSE forum, and would it swing him in favour or against them? Discuss.