"This restructuring is part of our strategy to provide a truly robust and expeditionary Army. It is the next step in modernising the Army into a fully deployable force. It is essential to ensure that we are structured to provide the most powerful capability possible from the resources available." So said some bad-breathed politician today. What the hell is this about? The UK is no longer the centre of an Empire with any requirement to provide 'expeditionary' forces to defend its' interests in faraway countries. The world economy is a matter for market forces, not those armed with the sort of second-rate weapons our Government kindly allows ours to bear, and it should be apparent to any but the least endowed that 'expeditionary Armies' aren't now generally welcome anywhere. Haven't we learned anything from history? Our Armed Forces are full of living people, who would like to stay alive. We want them to achieve that ambition, and only to consider the remote possibility of risking their lives if some basta&d has a go at us (economic and loyalty considerations included). Discuss (or don't, if the pub's open).