Go and watch the Parliamentary bit if you can - but I will link to the Hansard transcript ASAP anyway. It was very interesting - the Tories kept relatively quiet, as most of the opposition was from the Labour benches. When you have Labour stalwarts like George Howarth, the arch Blairite John Reid (Ex Sec of State for Defence), Sally Keeble and Lindsay Hoyle asking you to "keep the policy under constant review" then you know you are on to a loser.
I almost felt sorry for Bill Rammell - who did as well as he could, defending his position, and taking it on the chin. He won't be best pleased with Land though! He also managed to slap down one snivelling MP (Tom Watson - check his picture out for the definition of 'trougher') who wanted to blame Gen Dannatt for the decision, calling it the 'first Tory U-Turn'; Minister Rammell made plain it was the new CGS' decision, and Ministers, not Gen D.
So, it's under Active Review or Constant Review. I'd be astonished if this situation weren't to change again. Of course, a lot depends on whether 1 MTD (equating, in the new cunning plan, to 4 Drill Nights) is enough to calm the TA. I somehow doubt it.
There was me thinking it was a hobby. Clearly I was mistaken. So when Mark Lancaster MP is saying 'some of my troops rely on the T.A. for 25% of their income' he wasn't actually taking the p1ss?
Its a bit dangerous if people are relying on the MOD for their mortgage payments, especially when Liarbour have a sadomasachistic desire to reduce us to the fighting capacity of the Swiss Guards in Vatican City. And how many of said peeps are not P - 5's or 7's and fond of hanging around storerooms?