The Armed Forces are fighting two vicious wars well in excess of Labour's bureaucratic 'planning assumptions', and yet thanks to Brown's military spending squeeze when Chancellor: * The Regular Army is the smallest since The Battle of Waterloo (1815) * The Territorial Army is the smallest since it was created in 1906 * The Royal Navy is the smallest since the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) * Defence spending as a percentage of GDP is the lowest since the 1930's * A fully trained soldier is paid £10,000 less than a fully trained policeman, and almost half what a fully trained fire fighter earns. What a debacle this Government has caused; placing our troops at severe risk by overstretching and under-equipping and, to add insult to injury, they are underpaying to boot. The Government alone has shamefully broken the Covenant between the Nation and its Armed Forces. We recently witnessed the unveiling of a statue in tribute to Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square; is it beyond us to erect a National Monument to all those who have been awarded the UK's highest honour for bravery (VC/GC)? Equally importantly, how soon will this duplicitous government offer itself for re-election, so that these matters and many more might be determined by those more patriotic?