Go the way of the Light div? Tragic but possibly the cheapest way to cut the RHQ costs.
If it happens I hope that you do it better than we had it done! Still a fair bit of resentment in the new Rifles, some sons from Geordie land went to the RRF to avoid going dark side.
I could see the RRF not wanting it due to the Nortern connections, Northumberland and Lancs but R Ang and PWRR, thats a possibility.
One of the possibilities back in 2004 was the Hants elm of PWRR breaking out of the PWRR to form a 2 reg Bn R Wessex with D&D and RGBW (specifically, 1 R Wessex being Devon, Dorset and Gloucs, 2 R Wessex being Berks, Wilts and Hants), and the rump of the PWRR (Queen's) to amalgamate with RRF into a 3 reg Bn Queen's Fusiliers (a Bn each for the Home Counties, London and up North), so the Queen's Div took one of the lost Bns. Hopefully we're beyond that...
It was mentioned at the time of the last round of amalgamations but I can't see it happening in the near future due to the politics involved and all the senstitivities, etc, etc
You could argue that the Queens Div is a 6 Bn regiment anyway as personnel get posted between them on a regular basis anyway, particularly at Officer level but more so now at soldier level too, so there isn't actually much point in going one step further just to upset people for the sake of it....
So I would say that it might be the subject of the odd chat here and there but unlikely to happen for a while yet.
That already large regiment argument was used before the Rifles was formed and held no water with the dark side/maffia. Someone was determined to do away with the county association and RHQs that existed. Part of the problem lay in making the RGBW and D&D amenable to becoming Light Infantry. They were awarded the title LI and then swallowed into the maffia which has effectively destroyed the association with the counties and killed of the not very massive RHQs.
What grips me is that reading the LI history from 1968 when it was formed from a 4 regt Brigade of 6 counties into a 4 then 3 Bn regt was that the Green jackets were prior to this offered the chance to go very large.
That would have spared us 40 years (nearly) of seperate identities which will take longer to break down into the new regiment. Sons of my former colleagues now join other regiments or corps rather than go dark side!
Sad but destruction of family ties is another casualty!
Go on then I'll bite, how many jumped during that tour?
I know what the arguments will be and I'm in favour of expansion not reduction. None of them should have gone in the last round of cuts but then we shouldnt be fighting two wars either with the chance that the one eyed git will have you all deployed to Africa soon on another adventure say Darfur?