The recent spate of stories about MoD mendacity and vindictive tight-fistedness are enough to make your blood boil. The same lies are recycled by mouthpiece ministers, yet the same outrages keep happening Capt Phillippson was a victim of the same set of circumstances that allowed Sgt Roberts to die three years previously. The government commits troops to operations with all the forethought of a gambler with a blank chequebook. The grievously-burned L/Cpl Compton (reported in the Telegraph) will get a fraction of the sum a snout-trough minister can probably expect for resigning in disgrace, well below the maximum that is payable. Parliamentary accountability is at an all-time low, with no annual Defence Vote and the same recycled lies, fiddled figures and promises of equipment some time in the future. The Armed Forces are in a terrible state and it only appears to be the pride and sacrifice of personnel that is cynically taken for granted by the government that keeps things creaking along. What to do? There is no prospect of an increase in funding or a reduction in commitments as things stand. Things will continue to get worse, with personnel of all 3 services bearing the brunt. The only way things will change is if the political cost for government of inaction is greater than that of taking action. One way of bringing this equation into reality is to mobilise a mass march in London, in the same way that the police did. It could be titled Look After Our Troops or Fair Deal for Defence I am sure there are far better ideas out there. The march would be supported by families, friends and supporters but also serving personnel although not in uniform. I was at the Save the Scottish Regiments march 4 years ago and there appeared to be quite a few serving soldiers marching in mufti This march would attract tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands and would be supported enthusiastically by the media witness the column inches that are generated every time the latest defence outrage becomes public. It could provide some impetus for change, if it was accompanied by clearly defined aims and objectives these would need to be given careful thought, not just spend more money. Enough is enough!