Recently I wrote the following letter which was published in the Shropshire Star: Soldiers don't ordinarily do politics, but it's abundantly clear now that having committed our forces to two major overseas conflicts, the government wilfully ignored military advice and wittingly neglected their medical, equipment, helicopters and troop reinforcement needs. Many a funeral cortege through Wootton Bassett might have been avoided, but for this wicked recklessness. There has never been a better argument for the radical simplification of voting procedures for the armed forces and their dependants. We've had quite enough flannel about how things are fine when actually, they're far from it. The fact is, that the ability of service personnel to register their votes is seriously impeded by bureaucracy. Equality and diversity legislation ensures that other sections of society receive fair consideration of their needs, so must our troops. Their special role, the sacrifices expected of them and the nomadic lifestyle imposed upon them by operational requirements should entitle them to special voting arrangements and the unique privilige of being able to vote for any party or candidate, in any ward they choose, anywhere in the UK. The ramifications of that would be considerable and would make any future government think twice before sending our forces to war. Today, the Independent published an article which reported that Lib Dem peer, Lord Roberts was raising the issue of the Government's scandalous failure to help the Forces exercise their democratic right to vote after it emerged that about 60,000 or one third are unregistered. Mithering your MP about this issue is dead easy. Google him or her and send an e mail or a bluey demanding better voting priviliges. Get your friends and family to do it too. You deserve easier voting rights, but you have to fight for them and it won't half put the frighteners on Westminster!