We have made a covenant with death, and with hell we are at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
I don’t often quote from what is possibly the most famous book in the world, but the majestic phrases of the King James Bible carries phrases and quotations suitable and apposite for all occasions, and it is the best of all publications when one is writing of, and exposing lies, dissimulation and falsehoods.
I listened to the slot on the Today programme which was discussing the Army Benevolent Fund’s statement that the Army’s morale was being lowered by the effect of the Government’s Spending ‘cuts’, the strange disappearance of the Armed Forces Covenant from promised legislation, and the lowering or even removal of the Continuity Education Allowance, which gives Forces’ families the ability to send their children to boarding schools, and thus give continuity of education even when families are moved around between bases.
The Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey stated that ‘savings’ had to be made by all three Services, and the actions taken so far, with the demolition of Nimrod, and the axing of the Ark Royal along with the Harrier fleet, would save some £1.2 billion over ten years. So he, along of course with Liam Fox, is perfectly content to strip Britain not only of Capital projects which never would have worked properly in the first place (Nimrod), lumbering us with two aircraft carriers which will not have any aircraft to fly off them; but also depriving our Servicemen of all the ‘perks’ which make their ‘lives on the line’ just that bit more bearable. All of course in the sacred casue of ‘reducing the Deficit’ and ‘saving money’.
I wonder if Cameron, Fox and Harvey have ever got together and congratulated themselves on not only ring-fencing, but actually increasing, the Dpt. for International Developments budget? In amongst the £7.6 billion due to be given away this year, I wonder if the Ministers think they are getting ‘value for money’? Do they think that the £22 million spent on the ‘Gender Equality’ campaign in Pakistan is bearing fruit, especially when we read that murder, rape and violence is enshrined within their religious statutes?
Why don’t we repatriate all of that cash, and spend it on Our Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen, instead of pouring it down the drain, as we do, for example, in Malawi? Malawi, where we are funding the purchase of two million ‘energy-saving’ light bulbs; in a country which, by conservative accounts, only has some 76,000 homes connected to mains power?
X-posted from A Tangled Web