The figures bear me out. Cops vis soldiers per square mile? I was never any good at sums. But it seems to me we'd be better off sending our boys in blue overseas, then the troops might get a break. Square miles of England = 50,000 square miles. Cops in England number about 120,000 + (You ever see one these days?) Square miles of Afghanistan = 210,000 square miles. British Troops in Afghanistan number about 7,000. ( Nato 30,000) Most cities in the UK aren't exactly pacific. True the cops ain't got heavy artillery ....but then again the scum ain't got AKs or explosives. So I suggest a change. The army runs UK plc and the cops run Afghanistan. Once they've set up a network of roadside cameras, a few politically correct seminars and banged up the odd pensioner for not paying his rates, the Taliban will hand in their weapons under an amnesty.(Providing they can prove that they are the legal owners). Once traffic wardens are in place & community leaders are appointed all will be fine and dandy. Somebody tell Bliar!!! He'll believe anything.