I noticed in the papers yestarday rumours that in the same week that Hoon will announce more troops to Iraq, that he's also going to announce cuts on the back of the way war was fought in Iraq - summarised as "Cut back on troop numbers to pay for better kit". What the hell is he/the MoD thinking? Yes, of course the guys need better kit, blah de blah, but the forces do a lot more than fight wars? How about fighting fires, keeping the peace, helping in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, and low intensity conflicts where Night Sights and GPSs are bugger all use and what you really need is blokes on the ground!!! I know I'm probably preaching to the converted but i have to get it off my chest. I feel a letter to The Times coming on.