20 grand or a career? The femmage would get far more, keep her in fags and headscarves for a bit I guess. It'll sell some Scums and Daily Fascists, but who is really that interested? There can hardly be any morbid fascination, as they all came out unscathed. Royal Navy fishing smack captured is hardly a page turner.
What is the world coming to? Just read the story and agree with all above - the 'Big Brother' generation finally merge with the military. I've signed off and although it's with regret, if this is the future of the military, I'm glad I'm off.
I imagine that the Government has decided that it has lost the media battle against Iran and thinks that allowing 15 bodies open access to the media, all with the same story, will have more of an impact on world opinion than managing it from the centre - which will always be tainted by accusations of spin!
I cannot think of any alternative reason.
Depending on the deals, could we see personnel queuing up to be arrested by the Iranians so that they could subsequently sell their story?
If we contrast this with the boys & girls fighting and losing their limbs and lives in Basra it makes the whole saga a joke!
Would an ambushed Warrior crew surrender meakly to an insurgent mob out-numbering them?
I think not!
It will be interesting to see who sells their story and what they say. If either officer talks, then they should be asked to resign. Totally agreed with Litoles and Steve L - an insult to all who serve and put their lives on the line - shows the MOD's hypocritical nature - non-disclosure for UKSF but these jolly matlots will be on the couch with Richard & Judy - shocking!!!
Yet to me they seemed, well clothed, fed and without 13 days of fresh air and light, looked amazingly well and high spirited throughout their ordeal. Not one of them held their head low, looked pale, tired, dehydrated or showed any form of harrasment. If nothing else, surely some of them would have gone down with Tehran Tummy! (hinting that there may have been a weight loss somewhere!)
In a job where sky news is constantly on in the background when on shift, you tend to notice these things!
Queens birthday honours later, to liven up the troops perhaps!!
I'd like to read stories about Lynx and Apache crews and their lives and missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but my pals aren't allowed to write them!!