I have no doubt that all are aware of the events of the last 3 weeks with regard to the TA. There was a successful campaign mounted to reverse the appalling and shameful decision made to cut TA Training. Those cuts in the TA training are but the tip of the iceberg in terms of cuts in Defence spending which have resulted in cuts in training across the board that are just as shameful as the attacks on the TA. I think the reasons that the 'save the TA campaign' was successful was that: 1. The decision to attack the TA was wrong. No need to rehearse those arguments further here. 2. The TA had a number of champions in Parliament and in the country at large. 3. The attack on the TA was easy to quantify/identify and understand. It did not require any specialist knowledge to see that closing the TA for 6 months was wrong. To mount a similar campaign to get a more realistic defence budget, the first 2 elements above exist. Underfunding defence in a time of war is wrong. It is criminally wrong. Those champions who defended the TA would also champion the Armed Forces overall. Which just leaves the third. Labour are very good at lies, deception and spin. In fact that's all they are good at. Jobsworth has said that we must become operationally focused and he has used this to justify cutting training. He has said that his main effort is the HERRICK. If you don't look too hard this sounds plausible. Who is going to argue about that. Jobsworth also made a big play of asking the TA supporters what they think he should cut if he does not cut the TA? "... you can't will the end if you don't will the means." Persuasive stuff, who would argue with that. (If you will excuse the crudity I'd brand it on Brown's arrse so that Jobsworth gets to read it every time he sticks his tongue there). So lets unpick those arguments a bit: We are at WAR - the nations Main Effort should be that war. Not photo opportunities with BamBam, not getting Tony Blair into a sinecure... Yes life goes on but all these things must become secondary. What part of the budget would you cut if you don't like the cuts that are being are made: The example of choice is Â£54 million for an cinema in Sheffield and Â£50 for an extension to the Tate, the massive subsidies we give to the EU, we can all come up with examples of Labour inspired waste and gross misuse of taxpayers money to bribe voters. There is a momentum at the moment. My MP sent me a 'didn't I do well' e-mail yesterday with regard to his performance on Wednesday evening. I agreed he did but have said it is not enough - all of us need to get onto our MP's and make this point.