Anyone watch that kunt Hoon on TV this afternoon. He doesn't half spin out his sh*t. Took him quite a few 'soft blows' before he made a strong hint at the 'restructuring' of 'Our Armed Forces'. He kept making comparisons between theatres in order to justify himself. He went on to compare Afghanistan to Iraq, which I found a bit strange. They may have be in the same continent, but that's really where the similarity ends as far as our contribution goes. In case he hasn't noticed, there's only about 180 Brits out there just now and its been that way for over a year. The remainder were all brought back for the Gulf and we handed over Kabul to the Germans, who didn't fancy Iraq much. How can he draw similarities there? So, after allowing the Forces to do someone elses work (FFs), allowing them to go into a war (the legitamacy of which is now in serious question), announcing that they intend to save £4 Bn per annum by denying us or the future soldier our full pension rights (another winning move).......they now want to cut us in number? Now, I'm all for modernisation and if that means 'restructuring', then so be it. The bit I cannot fathom however, is that in the same breath, these kunts tell us that we are seeing more conflict post cold war and that with the emergence of militarily active small nations, etc, we will be engaged in even further and wider conflicts. His aim appears to be, to cut us in size and provide us with superior equipment to compensate, which will allow us to take on the 'new challenges' that the future holds. By 'new challenges', do they mean that they intend to hold a re run of Options for Change, sack loads more of TA, then expect them to accept the treatment recently shown, introduce the SA 80 A3, expect us to pay for private medical care and to buy the kit we need for Ops, as there isn't any in the QMs? Isn't this how self employed people go about life? Anyone fancy starting a franchise? If we get in early, we'll make a killing. I'm sure we can undercut the Marines in any future tenders. We can even advertise in the Quest magazine! PS. I must apologise to everyone (less Blow_Man) for the excessive use of the word 'kunt' in many of my recent posts. But I am a tad 'academically challenged' you see and my vocabulary therefore doesn't provide for better adjective applicable to the Labour Government. Sorry.