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Thanks from Parliament’s Digital Outreach Team

DOT

Old-Salt
#1
Here at the Digital Outreach Team we wanted to thank everyone for their comments about us having a visible presence on ARRSE:
http://www.arrse.co.uk/current-affairs-news-analysis/198483-[serious]-parliament-wants-arrse.html

As part of its inquiry work, the Defence Select Committee wants to hear a range of views on army and wider defence issues and we (DOT) approached ARRSE because they host such a range of views.

At this point we don’t know exactly what our presence on this site would look like – that will be something for DOT to discuss with BadCO – but your comments on the original thread have given us good ideas as to what might, and might not, work.

Many have asked about why we would want to approach the Army Rumour Service. One of Parliament’s main roles is to hold the Government to account, including the MOD. This work can impact directly on the policies and decisions that affect people like yourselves and we think ARRSE can help us keep you informed about what Parliament is doing to examine defence policy (including the work of the Defence Select Committee) and give you the chance to feed in your own views.

Once again thank you for all your comments.
DOT
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#2
Oh no problem at all, usual fees apply, now can you tell us how benefits could be cut further for scroungers, thing is we're getting a bit peeved off with them all.
Pass on my best wishes to IDS for making a good start, is it possible to sell council homes off for a £ to the private sector so they can make a killing.
I've a bit of a beef with ATOS, they're a bit too easy on the idle especially drug users and alcoholics, we need to chat about making sure alcoholics don't get DLA oh and people who feel a bit tired, they could boost energy levels by clearing canals.
 
#4
You're a bad boy, Jarrod.

I'll start by being Panglossian and say I'll see how it pans out, being a glass half-full type.

Edit: just noticed the subliminal double tap on Pan and wished I'd mentioned Peter.
 
#5
Can you scrap that scheme where MPs pick the worst possible time to visit and are a real pain in the arrse but for little tangible gain? If only for their health - they get skiffed so badly.
 
S

syledis

Guest
#7
I would like trespass to be a criminal offence and not a civil one, like it is in the Republic of Ireland.

So jump to it, so called servants of the people.
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#8
You're a bad boy, Jarrod.

I'll start by being Panglossian and say I'll see how it pans out, being a glass half-full type.
I know it's not strictly about defence but they'll need us for other things so we may as well cast our net wide and if they can buy a few more paper clips from our help that'd be great.
I may as well mention pensions and those poor Nurses, now it's fair to say that we all love and respect Nurses, well we feel they're having a bit of a hard time of it. We'd like you to look at reducing Nurses pensionable ages to 50 or maybe 55yrs old at a push, they also need a bit more wonga for when they retire. Perhaps a lump sum of four times final salary would be a start, this would easily be achievable by sticking it to the scroungers a bit more and reduce those mobility cars. Those awful Kia cars are all over the place and it's us that's paying for them.
Thanks for your help, tell Mr Cameron to sort his hair out too it's a proper state, bit shorter and get rid of the parting.
 
#11
One would imagine that certain people will be disappointed that this isn't going to take place in a forum controlled by them with access given to a select few. It would have been a lovely hidden forum, presumably up someone's arse.
 
#13
One would imagine that certain people will be disappointed that this isn't going to take place in a forum controlled by them with access given to a select few. It would have been a lovely hidden forum, presumably up someone's arse.
Unfortunately it's in Current Affairs so we can't give an emotive view and we have to read the Financial Times before posting in case we get tested on it.
 
#14
Nah, the Bible 'Old Testament' says that we cannot sell our nearest and dearest into slaveery..... so the Irish, Welsh, Scottish (that includes Moi) cannot be sold into slavery at all. the Big Guy in the Sky has made this Vorboden'. As for they other geezers across the Channel, well there's no 'Vorbodding here'.......
 
#15
Holding the government to account is indeed a noble objective.

Through well over forty years of paying taxes I have seen a vast swing from what the public desire, and what parliament would place upon them, indeed as well exemplified in Jarrod's post below. It seems to me we now look after any and every minority interest imaginable, at the expense of the good of the majority of citizens. In those minorities I would personally include such as bankers, illegal immigrants, prisoners and buy-to-let landlords, to name but a few.

If it is indeed within the remit of Parliament to hold government to account, how have we reached the position with successive governments that their policies and enacted laws seem to bear so little relation to the views of their public? For example in law, immigration, financial support only of the needy; and we even got close ,without anyone in Parliament really raising the issue, to threatening the secure nature of our own sovereignty. Even in minor areas such as how much we pay an MP and how we police their expense claims I think Parliament has in my view been found wanting.

Bearing in mind the above, and whilst I would as one of ARRSE's unserved members personally have nothing to contribute of value to DSC debate; how would you convince ARRSE members who undoubtably hold such skills that they would spent their time and effort usefully in responding to questions?

In that what they have to say might be genuinely listened to and maybe acted upon? As opposed to what I see as a real chance they may purely being listed as "In the consultation process, xx,000 people with an interest in the Armed Services were asked their opinions;" in effect to solely bolster the public credibility of those discussions.
 
#16
Question no 1 when will the armed forces get a pay rise that is real and not a pretend one ?

Question no 2 when will MOD pensioner get a pay rise that is real?

Question no 3 when will you lot in parliament tell the truth about any thing.
 

Auld-Yin

ADC
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Reviews Editor
#17
Question no 1 when will the armed forces get a pay rise that is real and not a pretend one ?

Question no 2 when will MOD pensioner get a pay rise that is real?

Question no 3 when will you lot in parliament tell the truth about any thing.
Answers as follows

Q 1. When Hell freezes over

Q2 When Hell freezes over

Q3. When Hell freezes over.

I hope this helps your understanding of how our politicians work.
 
#19
Answers as follows

Q 1. When Hell freezes over

Q2 When Hell freezes over

Q3. When Hell freezes over.

I hope this helps your understanding of how our politicians work.
Ahem, you give little credit to our grafting politicos;

Q1. As soon as I can work out how to get my cut, for fact finding, or on the quango overseeing it

Q2. See above.

Q3. We are not allowed to call each other liars in the HoC for a reason; even less would get done.

All the above are subject to approval from Brussels.
 
#20
I don't think you lot have got the hang of how this works.

DOT hands us a slice of news. We debate it. DOT reads the discussion but can't respond to us because he's not allowed to voice an opinion nor can he make a further statement. DOT may as well be DOT_RSS for all the good it's going to do you to rant on.

On a positive note, DOT's first post is more refreshing than the RSS feeds. Let's see if he can keep it up.

Any bets on how long it'll be before DOT picks up a personal username for use outside work hours and how long it'll be before we twig who it is?
 

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