The BBC reports: BBC News Couple of things come to mind here: in the recent climate of Treasury cuts, poor accommodation coming to the fore and being 'spun'as if things are not that bad really, a promotion freeze for the Royal Navy, recruitment figures suggesting we are losing manpower hand over fist; I wondered how long it would be before another job to keep the government ahead of the game was 'floated' (excuse the naval pun). The public response to the accommodation thread on the BBC was a little disappointing with a lot of small-minded people suggesting we get what we deserve or that we signed the dotted line and are therefore apt to be treated as the least of citizens. How quickly people forget the things we have done for them, are doing now or are pencilled in for to avert future problems. Foot & Mouth Crisis, The Fuel Crisis, various examples of flood or other weather related relief, Peace-keeping worldwide (including Telic & Afghanistan ) all the military aid type tasks and now guarding everything from power plants to Tesco's against terrorists. So why do I still feel that we are not respected for what we add to the balance sheet? All that money we cost is really not worth our capability is it?