Under Labour, our lions are being paid peanuts.

#1
From Nick Clegg

Today I am launching new a Liberal Democrat pledge to put service personnel and their welfare at the heart of our defence policy.

Many soldiers fighting on the front line are on salaries lower than those of trainee police and fire fighters. 13,000 members of the armed forces take home less than £17,000 each year. Under Labour, our lions are being paid peanuts.

Our servicemen are being sent to fight in treacherous conditions in Afghanistan while living close to the poverty line. It is time to stop short-changing our troops.

That is why if elected, the Liberal Democrats would ensure that no service personnel receive less basic pay than someone starting out in the Police or fire brigade.

If you believe our troops should receive better pay, then help us spread the word. Please make sure all your friends know about our new policy, especially those with family members serving in the Armed Forces.

To back the campaign and help spread the word, see my website: NickClegg.com/ArmedForcesPay

Nobody can put a price on the sacrifices our troops make on our behalf - but we can start rewarding them properly.

Best regards,
(Signed on Original)
Nick Clegg
 
#2
If you're going to join the board to further your party's interest at least have the courtesy to read the two other threads created on the subject and post there rather than create just another mindless spam post.
 
#4
To be honest I think my pay is pretty good. On the whole a 6 month tour will also bag you an extra £3000 or more. If service personnel joined up to earn mega bucks then they should have looked elsewhere.
 
#5
I note that Clegg also forgot to mention that squaddies earn significantly less than MP's, even without their second home allowance, expenses without receipts and all the other perks.

Bad move to use public services to show how badly paid Service Personnel are, Obv Lib Dems will set about public services cuts to even things up a bit?

:?
 

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#6
You should PM this letter to Ashie. After the hammering he's received here over the past year, he's definitely wavering. He may be in the mood to change his certainties.

P.S. You might want to check up on Sven/Whet. For one of your lot, he's very soft on Cyclops and his team (see posts passim).
 
#10
What a load of old balooks! Where are the Lib Dems going to get the money to fund this marvelous scheme? What are they going to do? Save a few less whales? Knit less yoghurt? Although it would be nice to have a few more quid for the sprogs, what about the rest of us? Are they going to bring everyone else into parity too? If thats the case a few at the upper end of the pay scale might have to have a pay cut! Now that wouldn't do, would it?

BALLOOKS!
 
#11
Today I am launching new a Liberal Democrat pledge to put service personnel and their welfare at the heart of our defence policy.
All well and good if genuine, however does Mr Clegg plan on also supplying the necessary kit in sufficient quantity to actually do the job? No one would complain about being paid more but that's not much use if you're not around to spend it.

What are his thoughts on the coming SDR I wonder? He's always struck me as a naive poof when it comes to FP.
 
#12
mediumwhiteamericano said:
Easy words to write when you're not in power and have no viable chance of being so. Now, where's the next band wagon....must find a way of buying myself a ticket.
Quite agree!
 
#13
the money will be there, as there will be:

no wars to fight, if no wars then a smaller army needed - savings all round!
 
#14
Now then Cleggie. If I came to power, I would DOUBLE their pay. But like you lot, I have as much chance of that as a one legged man winning an Arsse kicking contest, if you get my drift.

Anyway, I don't really imagine that our Armed Forces want to belong to Brussels, which they would if you had your way.
 
#15
michaelbutlin said:
From Nick Clegg


Many soldiers fighting on the front line are on salaries lower than those of trainee police and fire fighters. 13,000 members of the armed forces take home less than £17,000 each year. Under Labour, our lions are being paid peanuts.

That is why if elected, the Liberal Democrats would ensure that no service personnel receive less basic pay than someone starting out in the Police or fire brigade.
£17K seems a fair wage for a 'trainee' or young lad?

Perhaps, after years of squeezing the system the police and fire 'trainee's are paid too much?

Ducks for cover.
 
#16
Peanuts eh, I always liked biscuits AB, but would have tried peanuts, are they dry roasted?
 
#18
leveller said:
michaelbutlin said:
From Nick Clegg


Many soldiers fighting on the front line are on salaries lower than those of trainee police and fire fighters. 13,000 members of the armed forces take home less than £17,000 each year. Under Labour, our lions are being paid peanuts.

That is why if elected, the Liberal Democrats would ensure that no service personnel receive less basic pay than someone starting out in the Police or fire brigade.
£17K seems a fair wage for a 'trainee' or young lad?

Perhaps, after years of squeezing the system the police and fire 'trainee's are paid too much?

Ducks for cover.
The latter probably. The plod spends 60% of a working day filling out forms, 30% in tea breaks and 10% work break, filling out overtime, expense and compensation claims.

The Fire Service only work a three day week so most have two jobs at least.
 
#19
Interesting that the thread has been started by michaelbutlin - what is he/she? Some sort of Guardian-reading Red Coat whipping up a few candidates for the next knobbly knees competition.

Most Limp Dems don't give a t0ss about the Forces and the subject has hardly rated amongst their policies over the past few years. This is a headline grabber by an opportunist intended to lure voters from the Conservative Party. It is not funded, it is not even a firm promise in the original announcement.

For every one feeble-minded voter that is persuaded to vote Liberal on this basis, there will be at least one Guardian reading civil servant that will now take their cross somewhere else.

Come on Sven - time to abandon the Labour ramparts and re-join your party.
 

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