As all must have noticed, there has been some pretty turbulent stuff happening on the site over the past month or so. The rights and wrongs of individuals' actions can be, and have been, debated ad-nausium and I have no interest in rehashing those arguments here. I also don't want this to become another "Free Flash" thread, and hope that you lot won't turn it into one. As I'm sure Flash himself is aware, that will happen (or not) in true military style if and when the COs decide it should. What I do want to say is that this whole situation is damaging. To the site itself and, more importantly, to the image of the British Services. As you enter the site, it states clearly that this is not an "official" military establishment but that does not mean that people won't judge the military by what they see here. For anyone who's looked at the stats page recently, ARRSE has about 8 million page hits a month, or 300000 every single day. That's a lot of people who will form an opinion, or have their opinion affected, by what they see here. Ask yourselves honestly, if you can, what they see? Is it a bunch of tough, sharp-tongued fighters standing up for what they believe in? Is it gritty, irreverent, humour that builds a bond between people suffering hardship to benefit their fellow man? Is it even serious discussion of matters that affect the welfare of those serving their country? They'll see all that, if they look hard enough. ARRSE really is a unique place where service personnel can express their views and attitudes, in public, without fear of recrimination. Where ex-services can remind themselves what made their time in what it was, good or bad. Where civilians are priviliged to be able to see a little of what makes us tick and, if they've got the balls, even come and have the squaddie-piss taken out of them. But, recently, any visitors' first impression will have been a bunch of people squabbling like mlarrrs over a pot of Ben and Jerry's, with no apparent regard for discipline and visciously attacking anything they don't personally agree with. That's one hell of an unjust image to put forward for the British Army, but it's the image this site has been giving of late. By all means, carry on the movement, but bear in mind that this place has a high enough profile that if you tear the walls down people will notice, and it will be the image of the British Squaddie, not the site, that bears the shame. As for recent attempts to change the COs' minds, when exactly was the last time any of you changed a Command decision by walking into the OR and pinning "The CO's a cnut" over Pt 2's?