The State of the British Army

#2
Skynet said:
For those who may be interested the whole of BBC2 Newsnight on Thursday 6th September is to be devoted to this topic.
Thanks, Skynet. I'll set my alarm clock. We're certainly receiving a lot of press attention at the moment. Not many disasters happening elsewhere, then!

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#4
This is what Newsnight is saying about the show.
Broken Army?
Newsnight 3 Sep 07. On Thursday Newsnight will be devoting the whole programme to an analysis of the state of the Army. We'll have the first broadcast interview with General Sir Mike Jackson in advance of the release of his controversial autobiography, Soldier. Mark Urban will explore whether the funding and operation commitments of the Army have led to a crisis, and whether radical changes to its functions and set-up are needed. And we'll be releasing some fascinating polling about the public's attitude to the army, and its work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And we'll be joined by a Defence Minister, who will be answering questions from a panel which will include former serving soldiers. But we'd also like to hear from you. What is the burning issue you want the MoD to address, or the one big question you want answered?

Leave your comments and thoughts below or send your message as a video - you can upload it to a video sharing website, and send us the link. (Please read these guidelines before submitting.) We'll aim to show some of them on Thursday's programme.
 
#5
Say what you like about Bush, at least the man has the balls to go and see some of the victims of his policies:






Yet to see any pictures like this of Brown or Blair.
 
#6
Totally OT I know but I'd just like to add I think Laura Bush is pobably the finest First Lady ever, a real credit to her country. And we had Cherie Booth...
 
#7
AndyPipkin said:
Totally OT I know but I'd just like to add I think Laura Bush is pobably the finest First Lady ever, a real credit to her country. And we had Cherie Booth...

WE DON'T HAVE FIRST LADIES IN THE UK!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?!!

Cherie Booth and her Spiv of a husband may have wanted to be American politicians BUT there is not and will never be such as a thing as a 'first lady' who is not the Queen (Gawd bless Her) or the wife of a future King (may that day be decades in the future).
 
#8
Skynet said:
And we'll be joined by a Defence Minister, who will be answering questions from a panel which will include former serving soldiers.
Why do I suddenly get visions of Christians being thrown to the lions? :) Providing the ex-squaddies, I'm assuming of course that the 'former serving soldiers' wont simply be all ex-officers, haven't been knobbled or get edited to death this could be most amusing. But since it says 'a Defence Minister' I'm assuming that Des Browne will be finding himself indisposed, probably claim duties as Secretary of State for Scotland prevent him taking part, and send one of his underlings like Ainsworth or Twigg to take the heat for him.

But we'd also like to hear from you. What is the burning issue you want the MoD to address, or the one big question you want answered? Leave your comments and thoughts below or send your message as a video - you can upload it to a video sharing website, and send us the link. (Please read these guidelines before submitting.) We'll aim to show some of them on Thursday's programme.
Oh this is too easy. We need to get everyone on Arrse thinking of the best questions that we can send in. What's going to be the most embarrassing questions for them and where can we point the shows presenters an producers towards that will put the government under the most pressure? Maybe BAFF should get in on the action and send in a few video questions. Thinking hats on gentlemen.
 
#9
Can we prime the panel or paxman with questions serving soldiers would like answering? Mods, BAFF reps can you organise this?
 
#11
why are there defence cuts with two major ops on at the moment?
why cut the infantry at the time of the most intense fighting since ww2

not really a question but would be highly amusing "does you mother sew kunt :evil: " pprefably with a kevalar on for extra impact
 
#14
I take it BFBS wont be showing it then??????? I suppose if they do their masters wont get funding to buy the most exellent programs we get to watch!!! What the hell is 2-D they are showing???? Money well spent i suppose for morons
 

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#15
The new DIN should effectively eliminate any up-to-date views from serving personnel, unless of course the MOD gives them permission, which, let's be honest, is about as likely as Broon going on air in the program and saying "Actually, ahm a tight-fisted jock koont and it's mah fault that guys hae bin dayin needlassely!"
 
#16
armchair_jihad said:
AndyPipkin said:
Totally OT I know but I'd just like to add I think Laura Bush is pobably the finest First Lady ever, a real credit to her country. And we had Cherie Booth...

WE DON'T HAVE FIRST LADIES IN THE UK!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?!!

Cherie Booth and her Spiv of a husband may have wanted to be American politicians BUT there is not and will never be such as a thing as a 'first lady' who is not the Queen (Gawd bless Her) or the wife of a future King (may that day be decades in the future).
Does anyone know if Tony Blair made visits at all?
I believe Des Browne has done so.
 
#17
Tony B-Liar visit the troops or even Gordon Brown nae chance of that.Both of them are only interested in the economy to be interested in the armed forces.
 
#18
We rightly slag off our Yank chums from time to time, but I admire their overt patriotism and the fact that they have genuine pride in their armed forces. In our country it seems to be terribly un-PC to support our forces. The politicians all say that they are proud of the work done by our armed forces, but they never back it up with action. Serving your country for 20-odd years nets you sod all these days, virtually no chance of a council house, contempt by a lot of employers and the media jumps on the chance to publish stories about ex-squaddies up to no good - never mind that lots of them still have undiagnosed PTSD from decades ago. Phew....got that off my chest.
 

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#19
PoisonDwarf said:
We rightly slag off our Yank chums from time to time, but I admire their overt patriotism and the fact that they have genuine pride in their armed forces. In our country it seems to be terribly un-PC to support our forces. The politicians all say that they are proud of the work done by our armed forces, but they never back it up with action. Serving your country for 20-odd years nets you sod all these days, virtually no chance of a council house, contempt by a lot of employers and the media jumps on the chance to publish stories about ex-squaddies up to no good - never mind that lots of them still have undiagnosed PTSD from decades ago. Phew....got that off my chest.
Many of the people in gummint today, or in the various thousands of quangos, actively marched around student campuses in the 70's supporting the IRA with banners and the like. It follows that they are actively hostile to both our armed forces, and our country.

Why should we expect them to support the armed forces now? After all, John 'IRA' Reid used to sing rebel songs at his celtic football matches.

Our country has voted in the very people who, 30 years ago, actively supported everything that was bad for Britain, from being stalinists to IRA sympathisers.

A leopard does not change its spots.
 
#20
Well, I've just completed a thorough scan with the Cynic-O-Meter and it hasn't detected any trace of a connection between the recent DIN and this sudden uncharacteristic willingness on the part of Ministers to be quizzed on current military matters.

Bloody thing's f*cked again!
 

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