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View Article  FORCES PENSIONS (update)

FORCES PENSIONS (update)

You may be interested in reading this petition and supporting it. 

The recent Forces Pension Society newsletter tells of an RPI/CPI e-petition which has been established hoping to reverse the Government's decision to link pension increases to CPI instead of RPI.  The Government will debate e-petitions that achieve 100,000 signatures, so please can you pass on the following link to ex-servicemen that you know in the hope that they'll sign it, as it affects all of us.  The link is:

View Article  RM with 30 years' battles to keep family home

Royal Marine with 30 years' service faces new battle

"to keep family home"



An Angus marine who is being forced from his home after taking a desk job to
look after his cancer-stricken wife has resigned

Royal Marine David Millard (47) has handed in his notice as he fights to keep his family in their specially-adapted Arbroath home.

His wife Wendy (38) said the Ministry of Defence's fight to get them out had been a major factor in her husband's decision to quit after over 30 years of service.

A civil summary cause case — taken in the name of Lord Wallace of Tankerness against David Millard — called at Arbroath Sheriff Court on Monday.

It was continued until October — but if the application is granted then it would give the couple and their two children, Mollie (11) and Cameron (9), four weeks to move out of their semi-detached East Muirlands Road home, which is owned by the armed forces.

Mr Millard said he could not comment on the ongoing proceedings. However, his wife said the eviction fears have put added strain on her own failing health and home life.

Mrs Millard, who is preparing to go into Ninewells Hospital for treatment, said: "This has put a real strain on our relationship — we're now two different people. That's the reason why he had to put his notice in, because I couldn't stick it any more.

Devotion

"The Royal Marines was his entire life — the amount of devotion he still gives them considering what he's getting back is unbelievable. Through all the bad weather we had last year he would drive as far as he could to Edinburgh and kept a mountain bike in the boot to make sure he got in to the office. He did his cruciate ligament on Christmas Eve and was meant to have six weeks off work then rehabilitation and he went straight to his work on January 6.

"The kids have only really known this house. It's been extremely stressful because we don't know when we could be put out of the house. That's what terrifies me."

In 2006, Mrs Millard was diagnosed with cancer and her spine had started to crumble. Due to late diagnosis, there is little that can be done to treat her condition.

Mr Millard took a position in a military recruitment office so he could be closer to his family when his wife took ill. He has now been taken to court because, according to government rules, he no longer qualifies for the service accommodation.

Mrs Millard said it makes no sense to kick them out of their home of eight years. It has been adapted to include special bathroom and kitchen fittings and a stairlift and she says it would cost £40,000 to put the home back to the way it was.

"This is my home — this is where my children belong. We don't want to leave but it's looking inevitable that we will be forced out," Mrs Millard added. "They are going to put us out of this house and it will cost them almost £40,000 to put it back to the way it was.

"They are willing to put us out on the street and we are paying full market rent of £500 and our council tax on top of it. It makes much more sense to keep us here."

A spokesman for the MoD said, "MoD properties in the local area are for entitled service personnel. The MoD has a duty to ensure members of the armed forces and their families are provided with suitable accommodation to meet their specific requirements.

"This particular property is subject to an ongoing court case and it would be inappropriate to comment further."

The couple have begun looking at other places to live if the worst was to happen.

Mrs Millard said: "We've tried every avenue to look at other places to live — landlords in the private rental sector are not willing to allow us to convert and lose the rentable capability of that property if we change it.

"Buying is an option but we can't afford it just now with the way the market is. We want to stay in Arbroath and even my children's teachers at Muirfield Primary School don't think it would be good to uproot them."

Mollie and Cameron won Children of Courage awards two years ago for the massive role they play looking after their mum.

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View Article  ROYAL NAVY AND ARMY REDUNDANCIES
ROYAL NAVY AND ARMY REDUNDANCIES

The Army and the Royal Navy today released the details of their redundancy programme to their personnel. The specific trades and branches of each service which are affected by the first tranche of the redundancy programme, along with the numbers being sought from each area have been announced.

 

In October, following the SDSR the MOD announced that it would be reducing the number of military personnel by 17,000 across all three services; 7,000 from the Army, 5,000 from the Royal Navy and 5,000 from the RAF. While some of these reductions will be achieved through a decrease in recruiting and not replacing those who leave, there will still need to be around 11,000 redundancies. Each service will run a number of redundancy tranches over the next four years with reductions planned to be fully achieved by April 2015.

 

Although this is a compulsory programme, volunteers will be sought.

The Army has identified 150 redundancy fields by looking at where the Army is in surplus now and where it will still be in surplus in 2015. For this first tranche, there will be approximately 1,000 redundancies, half of which are expected to be volunteers. About 25% of those being made redundant in this tranche will be officers, but no one with less than 8 years experience will be made redundant.

The first tranche of redundancies for the Royal Navy will result in a total of around 1600 redundancies from across a variety of the Naval Service’s specialisations and branches, and will include ratings and officers up to the rank of Captain. Those selected will be Officers from the Engineering, Medical, Warfare and Logistics Branches as well as Junior Ratings and Senior Ratings from a variety of Branches.

View Article  Wear Your Poppy With Pride - Online Petition
Wear Your Poppy With Pride - Online Petition

There is a young lady, only 18 years old who was on the TV wanting 100,000 signatures to support her campaign against employers who would not allow her to wear her poppy on poppy day at work.

We all know this country has gone daft but this is to much. On this day when a Muslim was fined £50 for burning our poppies and shouting death to our British soldiers, our boys and girls, our fellow countrymen and women, enough is enough.

I hope you vote and (click onto the link below) and also exhaust the 500 words allowed for your opinion. Please circulate this email to as many as you can, so it makes them at 10, Downing Street sit up, wake up and take notice and bloody do some thing useful for a change.



View Article  ANTHONY MALONE on "HUNGER STRIKE"

ANTHONY MALONE
on

"HUNGER STRIKE"



View Article  We deserve a say......in your face political ad
I don't want this to be a rant but........

Isn't it time we all had a say on the EU? now before you go yawn and think about turning away......please just give me 2 mins

Whether you are Eurosceptic or Europhile.....or whatever 'camps' and labels they have been given........shouldn't we open up the debate on this huge issue. I don't mean a huge political debate in the Westminster Village but by ordinary citizens. The whole EU project has gone beyond ordinary folk understanding. Most people know it is out there but think of it in some sort of parrallel universe. The debate then gets hi-jacked by either the political elite who speak spin-bollocks-complicated languages or by people from both sides  with such strong views on either side of the argument, it becomes too much to take on.

But seeing as we are entering an age of massive austerity cuts, price hikes, and 'every one tighten your belts' era, surely we should rethink how we go about our business. Our relationship with the EU affects everyone in the UK. The news coming out of the Eurozone isn't great. Things aren't going to get any better in 2011. We know that the relationship with the EU costs billions of £'s. Now whether this is good value for money or not, the sheer scale of the relationship means we need to re-evaluate the situation (just as everything else - so we are being told by the politicians). I think the debate needs to come out into the open - information (that everyone understands) needs to be shared and then the people of the UK should be given a vote to decide, once and for all, what we want.

Personally, I think we would be better off out of the political EU and free to form our own relationships with countries around the world. I would prefer to see us forming closer relationships with the commonwealth. I think it is time to leave the EU and move forward into something new......something better. If we left the EU, I wouldn't want to go 'back' to anything ie back to where we we were before we signed up to the original deal back in the ealry 70's.....yes, have the free-trade agreement but have that with the rest of the world. If we left the EU, the Germans won't stop buying British goods. We won't stop buying French cheese - shit, I want the French to be French and the Germans to be Germans.....and the Spanish to be Spanish...yadda yadda.

Anyway, that is why I run the EU Referendum Campaign. We want the man on the street to understand. That is why we haven't targeted our campaign at the Westminster Village - we keep all our literature free from party politics, left-wing or right-wing bullshit, or rabid rants. We already have the largest active database amongst all eurosceptic campaigns in the UK. The campaign HQ is staffed by professional campaigners, our spokesperson is an ex-LBC radio DJ who speaks to the British public in the language they all understand. We have unrivalled resources, completely independent and won't back down from political pressure from any of the Westminster Village.

But the most important campaign we are running is The Pledge. It is a completely neutral campaign calling for a Referendum. We welcome people from all sides (pro-EU and anti-EU) to join to call for a national referendum so the issue can be brought out in the open, discussed and voted on. We want to organise meetings in universities, town halls, pubs, work places etc where the whole EU project can be debated and arguments put across.
We have written to every MP to see where they stand on the issue. We are now receiving all the answers from them. The MP's that don't agree with our call fro a referendum will be targeted by our campaign. We will go to their constituency office (when they are there) and make our voice heard. We will ask everyone on our database in the constituency to write to the local media, attend protests outside the offices, take part in town hall debates in the constituency, hand out leaflets in the area, etc etc. We will work with the local media to get the exposure. We will work with all the local pubs and local groups to organise events to raise the campaign. Once the sitting MP sees with his/her own eyes how the people really feel, then they will take note. You can have 10,000 people outside the Houses of Parliament and the politicians won't take a blind bit of notice.....but if they see a few hundred people in their own constituancy kicking up a fuss, they will surely take note.

The politcians are hoping this issue will go away.....but it won't.

I know that I havent covered all the areas on this page.....but like I said, it is too complicated a subject to go on and on.

The only way we can win, is for the people to get involved. I hope the attached advert can appear on this posting (thanks Ed :-)) but it is ad from the New Statesman this week and also on the back cover (outside facing) of he House magazine which goes out to all MP's and Peers tomorrow.

Please join up to our campaign on www.eureferendumcampaign.com and don't forget to sign The Pledge - thanks
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View Article  I'm sitting here at 11:30 p.m.
I'm sitting here at 11:30 p.m. with a big bowl of pasta and a large beer, with the radio tuned to Test Match Special.
For no other reason that I am waiting for the Australian Ashes team to resemble the participants in the Sydney Gay Parade ........ limping along with someone shoving a dildo the size of a Gunn & Moore cricket bat right up their jacksie ! Without the KY jelly !
Oh - what joy !
You can almost hear the dentures of Lillee, Thompson, the Chapells, the Waughs and the other larrikins clack together in disappointment. Hear the rattle carrying on the breeze? That's the Don spinning in his grave !
Poor Australians - NOT !
Never mind guys - there's always Bangla Desh or Zimbabwe to beat !
Tee hee hee !
View Article  3 Commando Brigade to replace 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand
3 Commando Brigade to replace 16 Air Assault Brigade in Helmand

3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines will replace 16 Air Assault Brigade in April 2011 as the lead formation of British troops in Helmand province, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has announced this week.



Royal Marines from 42 Commando take a moment to reflect after a successful operation clearing compounds used by the Taliban in the Kajaki area of Helmand province in February 2007
[Picture: PO(Phot) Sean Clee, Crown Copyright/MOD 2007]

The deployment of 3 Commando Brigade and accompanying units will not result in any change to the UK 's established and enduring conventional force level of 9,500 personnel.

Volunteer and ex-Regular members of the Reserve Forces will continue to deploy to Afghanistan as part of this integrated force package, and we expect to issue around 786 call-out notices to fill some 676 posts.

On completion of their mobilisation procedures, the reservists will undertake a period of training and, where applicable, integration with their respective receiving units.

The majority will serve on operations for around six months. As part of this commitment, we expect up to 19 members of the Sponsored Reserves to be in theatre at any one time.

Following 3 Commando Brigade's deployment it is planned that 20th Armoured Brigade will take over.

The forces deploying with 3 Commando Brigade include:

3 Commando Brigade Headquarters, Royal Marines
Elements of 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, Royal Marines
Elements of the Royal Navy forming Headquarters Joint Force Support ( Afghanistan ), including members of the Maritime Reserve
Headquarters, 104 Logistic Brigade
Elements of 7 Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (207)
42 Commando Royal Marines, including members of the Maritime Reserve
45 Commando Royal Marines, including members of the Maritime Reserve
Commando Logistic Regiment, Royal Marines
Elements of the Royal Navy forming the in-theatre Medical Regiment and Field Hospital
Elements of 845 Naval Air Squadron, including members of the Maritime Reserve
Elements of 846 Naval Air Squadron
Elements of 847 Naval Air Squadron
Elements of 857 Naval Air Squadron, including members of the Maritime Reserve
Elements of 854 Naval Air Squadron
Elements of the Royal Naval Regulators
Elements of 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
Elements of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)
Elements of 9th/12th Lancers (Prince of Wales's)
29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 5th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 12th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 16th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 26th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 39th Regiment Royal Artillery
Elements of 47th Regiment Royal Artillery
24 Commando Engineer Regiment
Elements of 12 (Air Support) Engineer Group
Elements of 22 Engineer Regiment
Elements of 28 Engineer Regiment
Elements of 32 Engineer Regiment
Elements of 36 Engineer Regiment
Elements of 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)
Elements of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
Elements of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group
Elements of 3rd (UK) Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment
Elements of 10th Signal Regiment
Elements of 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)
Elements of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)
Elements of 22nd Signal Regiment
4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment
2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles
1st Battalion The Rifles
Elements of 1 Regiment, Army Air Corps
Elements of 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps
Elements of 2 Logistic Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 9 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 24 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 27 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 29 Postal Courier and Movement Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
2 Close Support Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of 7 Air Assault Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of 101 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of 104 Force Support Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of 5th Regiment Royal Military Police
Elements of 111 Provost Company Royal Military Police
Elements of 114 Provost Company Royal Military Police
Elements of Special Investigations Branch United Kingdom
Elements of 1 Military Working Dogs Regiment
Elements of 1 Military Intelligence Brigade
Elements of the Military Stabilisation Support Group (MSSG)
Elements of 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (Volunteers)
Elements of 4th Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Volunteers)
Elements of 6th Battalion The Rifles (Volunteers)
Elements of 88 Postal and Courier Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 151 (London) Transport Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 158 (Royal Anglian) Transport Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 162 Movement Control Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 166 Supply Regiment (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 148 Expeditionary Force Institute Squadron (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 383 Commando Petroleum Troop (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 395 Air Despatch Troop (Volunteers), The Royal Logistic Corps
Elements of 102 Battalion (Volunteers), Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Elements of the Military Provost Staff and Military Provost Staff (Volunteers)
Elements of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force
Number 6 Royal Air Force, Force Protection Wing Headquarters
Elements of HQ Royal Air Force Police Wing
58 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment
617 Squadron, Royal Air Force
31 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 5 (Army Co-operation) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 18 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 24 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 27 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 28 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 30 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of 78 Squadron Royal Air Force
Elements of the Tactical Supply Wing, Royal Air Force
Elements of 1 Air Mobility Wing, Royal Air Force
Elements of 1 Air Control Centre, Royal Air Force
Elements of 90 Signals Unit, Royal Air Force
Elements of 2 (Mechanical Transport) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 5001 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Elements of 3 Mobile Catering Squadron
Elements of Tactical Medical Wing
Elements of 1 (Expeditionary Logistics) Squadron
Elements of 93 (Expeditionary Armaments) Squadron
Elements of Tactical Imagery Wing
Elements of Joint Ground Based Air Defence
Elements of Defence HUMINT Unit
Elements of the Joint Support Chain Services


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View Article  Prince Edward... future Captain General RM
Prince Edward... future Captain General RM

Many thousands of RMs, both officers and men will be disgusted that the proposed future Duke of Edinburgh will be that poofter 'Edward who is supposedly going to be our future Captain General RM.

It should never happen he's a useless moron, he never qualified for a green beret he was weak willed and never made the grade even inn the first weeks, he eventually dropped out because he was useless. He also brought great embarrassment to the Duke of Edinburgh and the royal family.

The late King George RN would be turning in his grave to know he had a poofter grandson  Apparently there will be a
presentation to award him a Green Beret at  a private ceremony at the palace for when take on the appointment an becomes the D of E.

It should never happen all the RM associations and serving men should kick up hell to get it stopped. He failed miserably and packed in the course because he could not face the discipline and never had the guts to get through the course to earn a green beret. He resigned so he could take up acting with his limp wristed crowd of brownhatter mates in show business.

He failed to show he was a man worthy of the rest of the Royal males who showed they have the guts an determination to pass their set goals in the military. 

A green beret is a
coveted award that is only presented on merit and has to be earned and not given willy nilly to somebody because he's in the royal family.  I shall certainly make my opinion about the disgusting proposal heard world wide.

It appals me to think of the lads who won the coveted green beret killed or severely maimed in action and the present brave men serving are going to come under a Captain General who is a known poofter who prances about a stage in make-up, and he can't even do that properly. Makes me sick in the heart and stomach.


View Article  Kranji War Memorial
Kranji War Memorial
by
Robert "Bob" Carr
(currently down under)



I thought I would send these 3 photos from Singapore during my visit to Kranji.  I laid poppies where ever I came across an ex-Royal Marine's grave, and some on Johnny Ghurka's.  It took quite a while and the heat was fierce.  I certainly felt my age by the time I had gone round the whole area.  It is a very beautiful spot and kept immaculate by local ground staff.  I am staying with the grandson of the original caretaker who was appointed by Lord Mountbatten at the end of the Japanese occupation in recognition for his services to British and Commonwealth soldiers and POWs.  This place is still visited by veterans from Britain and Australia and it is good to know that these old vets never forget old comrades.

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Best wishes

Bob Carr 2010


View Article  Tony Blair - don'cha just love him ?
It gives me no pleasure to reiterate that I loathed and detested this man and all he stood for when he came to public prominence prior to the 1997 election. But, dear reader, please persevere with me and read on.
Many of you may remember that, when he was elected for the first time he said in one speech, " This could be the first ever government who never had to send its sons to war". Now, if you don't know how many he committed us to and how many deaths that he (increasingly, as it gradually appears) is responsible for, then go on the web and count them ! And besides counting the servicemen in bodybags, just imagine the wounded and the countless deaths of innocent people that were the true cost of this man's riches.
Some would suggest that the Iraq War and Afghanistan occurred because he was so far up George W. Bush's rear-end that he was star struck with his popularity in America ........ who will forget his quote, "We, as a country, are prepared to pay the "Blood Price"". I'll bet he didn't even cut himself shaving here in the UK !
He reminds me of one of the Disciples in the Biblical fairy stories - the one who denied Christ ( as in "we don't do God") even though he was paving his way to Catholicism ! He took ( and is still taking) the Septic Tanks for  ride, too !
You want to see his true long-term aim ?
Then Click Here

It is an Australian report originally from the UK's Financial Times.
This creature was never an admirer of Thatcher - more an admirer of Harold Wilson whose only ambition was to be Prime Minister and if it had been the Tories who offered him an easier path, then Wilson would have been a Tory. But to be fair to Wilson, flawed man that he was, he was no Blair - AND he courted displeasure from America by refusing to involve us in the unwinnable war in Viet-Nam.

Now tell me Blair is not the self-serving prostitute that he appeared to be - tell me that he is not one of the most scheming, evil bastards that walked on this earth. He is - just very skillful at hiding it. With the willing support of The Wide Mouthed Frog, Cruella de Ville, that he is wedded to. Congratulations, you too - at least by staying married you cannot make two others unhappy !
View Article  MoD officials have cancelled Christmas
SCROOGE MoD officials have cancelled Christmas for our brave troops by BANNING morale-boosting parties

Cracker flak ... troops partying last Christmas

Commanding officers at home and on the frontline have been ordered NOT to spend their festive allowance on turkey dinners or carol concerts

They get £30 a year per soldier to splash out on spirit-raising events "such as Junior Soldiers' Christmas Lunch", official guidance says.

But penny-pinching civil servants insist the cash must be spent on something else this year because of last month's crippling defence cuts

The Ministry of Defence edict - leaked to The Sun - was written by Peter Whitehead, deputy head of the MoD's Financial Management Policy and Development.

It reads: "It is improper to spend taxpayers' funds on Christmas trees, decorations, carol concerts or parties.

"Team-building or unit cohesiveness events during Christmas would be viewed by taxpayers as partying at their expense and must be avoided."

It adds: "As always, we want to ensure that the Department does all it can to avoid any adverse Parliamentary or media attention on this topic."

Tory MP Patrick Mercer, a former Army CO, last night branded the decision "cowardice".

He said: "At the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen, centuries of tradition have been swept away for tommies and their officers.

"It is a nasty bit of penny-pinching - narrow-minded cowardice from people who would never face the dangers that our fighting men and women have to. My stomach is churning."

The ban is all the more shameful because the MoD has rung up a £38billion debt through its own incompetence

More than 17,000 military jobs were axed in last month's review in the toughest defence cuts in two decades.

Ships, aircraft carriers, tanks and the entire Harrier jump jet fleet were also put on the scrapheap.

MoD officials last night insisted that special Christmas dinners will still be laid on out of MoD funds for all troops serving in the Afghan badlands.

A ministry spokesman added: "The restriction placed on public funds is even more necessary this year given the current financial situation."

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View Article  Ex-wife exposes bogus war hero in Cenotaph march
Walter Mitty Marine: Ex-wife exposes bogus war hero in Cenotaph march

As the Royal Marines marched past the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, Elaine Deane spotted a familiar face on her TV screen.

It was her ex-husband Paul McFarlane - and he was up to his old tricks.
Contrary to the medals and regimental beret he was wearing, he never served in the Royal Marines. 

Paul Mcfarlane (circled) marches past the Cenotaph alongside genuine war veterans on Remembrance Sunday
On parade: Paul Mcfarlane (circled) marches past the Cenotaph alongside genuine war veterans on Remembrance Sunday

He was kicked out after a couple of weeks in basic training.
Yet the 54-year-old former lorry driver persists in masquerading as a war hero who saw action in the Falklands.

‘I was livid to see him parading in that uniform and medals he hasn’t earned,’ said Miss Deane, 49, who kicked him out of their home near Chester after discovering his lies.

‘He’s been going on marches for years but when I found out the truth I contacted every organisation in a 30-mile radius. He’s obviously got around that by going to London.
‘I don’t know why he does it but I think it makes him feel important.’

McFarlane met Miss Deane in January 1995 and, when they married three months later, he wore a Royal Marines uniform.

‘He was all dressed up, as bold as brass, even though I had friends from the military there,’ she said.

‘He was very comfortable with it all and said he’d been posted to Cyprus, Germany and, for some reason, Jersey.’

Doubts crept in when she heard him claiming he had served in the Royal Engineers, contradicting what he had told her.

But she stood by her husband, who like her had three children from a previous marriage, although he was often unemployed and she had to do two jobs as a cook and care assistant to support the family.

In January 2008 she heard that he was claiming they owned a holiday home in Spain. Doubting everything he had ever told her, she demanded he send off for his service record – and had her worst fears confirmed.

‘I said I’d had enough and told him to pack his bags,’
she said.

After he had gone she said she found military regalia including uniforms and canes in the attic, along with keys which turned out to fit the munitions cupboard of a navy cadet force where he had helped.

McFarlane, who is now living with his third wife, Debbie, and works as a doorman, insisted his military record was genuine when confronted at their home in Hawarden, north Wales.

He said: ‘I joined the Royal Marines in Brighton as a
cadet from school. I then served at Bickleigh Barracks [near Plymouth] from 1972
to 1991.

‘I am a Falklands veteran. I sailed out on Canberra and came back on the QE2.

Of course I never served in the Royal Engineers - that’s a contradiction in terms, isn’t it?’ His new wife added that he had medals for ‘Northern Ireland, the South Antarctic and In the Service of Peace’, saying: ‘My grandfather was in the First World War and I don’t believe Paul would have tried to bluff his way through about serving in the Royal Marines, knowing that.’

Wedding day charade: Elaine Deane with former husband Paul McFarlane in his Marines uniform in 1995l
Wedding day charade: Elaine Deane with former husband Paul McFarlane in his Marines uniform in 1995

However, McFarlane failed to produce a single piece of evidence of his time in the service or any photographs showing him with fellow Marines in combat zones or other postings.

When pressed about Royal Marines Association membership, he admitted having the uncompleted paperwork at his house. He also gave three different final ranks – colour sergeant, corporal and lance corporal.

And given the opportunity to ask former colleagues to confirm his claims, he said: ‘All the people who could vouch for me being in the Royal Marines have told me they would rather not get involved.’

At the Cenotaph, McFarlane wore the uniform, cap badge and belt buckle of the Royal Engineers along with the General Service Medal of 1962 and the United Nations Force in Cyprus Medal, awarded for three months’ service keeping peace between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

The Royal Marines Association yesterday said that members were issued with tickets to join the march past the Cenotaph but McFarlane might have managed to slip in without one. A spokesman said: ‘I don’t recognise him and we don’t have a member by that name.’

A Ministry of Defence source confirmed the service number McFarlane gave to the Daily Mail does not exist and is not even similar to typical Royal Marine identification numbers.

He added: ‘It’s safe to say he’s never been in the Marines.’

Told that McFarlane claimed to have served for 19 years from 1972, an MoD spokesman said: ‘Between those dates there is no one of that name who served with the Royal Navy or the Marines.’

View Article  The "Forgotten Fourteen"
The "Forgotten Fourteen"

Vigil ... Kier Hardie at new memorial in Forres
Day thirteen

Vigil ... Kier Hardie at new memorial in Forres

FORMER Marine Keir Hardie is staging a one-man demo at a war memorial in a bid to save RAF Lossiemouth

Keir, 58, has so far braved 13 days of rain and snow to stand in protest against defence cuts which have already doomed the nearby RAF Kinloss base.

He launched his vigil at the new plinth in Forres, dedicated to the 14 Kinloss airmen who were killed in the 2006 Nimrod crash over Afghanistan. Last night he said: "Somebody has to stand up somewhere."

Each day of his two-week protest - which ends today - is designed to honour one of the victims of the jet disaster.

Dad-of-one Keir described the Government's decision to axe Kinloss and now threaten Lossiemouth as "madness". He added: "It insults the men and their families."

THE Scottish Sun's Keep The RAF In Moray window stickers are available in Lossiemouth, Elgin and Forres.

You can join our campaign by downloading a special RAF poster

Click here to print our poster

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Day Fourteen

continued`....... The "Forgotten Fourteen" the story.......


Day One

After the Forres Rememberance Day Parade on Sunday, when the troops and crowds had left, I stood by the new memorial for an hour. I have my own protest placard. It is A4.

It says;
David cameron`s Forgotten Fourteen. The Defence Review is Wrong; Tactically, Economically, Morally.  Save RAF Kinloss & RAF Lossiemouth.
 
I also got to speak with some of the families of the 14. It was heartbreaking beyond belief. I am an ex Royal Marine, I dont mind the cold.  I`m pushing 60 but am able to give several hours each day until the 25th of November. I`m doing several hours per day for 14 days. This is a day each for the fourteen.



I only live a few hundred yards away and, although I work part time for Ark Housing as a Support Worker, I am glad to give my time to be part of the necessary fight. I will carry on doing a few hours on my todd each day. I am using a small A4 placard so that people have to come close to read it and then they can be aware of the importance of the memorial. If RAF Kinloss was so important 4 years ago to give the Nimrods and the men who died how can it now be just an unnecessary expense and thus be closed.?


It is an insult to fourteen dead servicemen. And, of course, to those who still serve.
Keep your powder dry. Keir Hunter Hardie RM Rtd.

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p.s. my protest is a silent protest because if I start ranting at people I`ll lose it, probably start swearing and I dont want to demean the dignity of the memorial. I would appreciate any support, whether here or directly to the MOD.......

I am writing to ask if any of your reader`s know what will become of the commemerative stain glass church window in the Church at RAF Kinloss and how will relatives be able to retain the connection with their bereaved ones if the station is closed?
  
  I would also like to quote the following;
 
1944. The Under Secretary of State for Air, The Right Hon Harold Balfour MP said
 
"Hats off to Coastal Command who, day and night, whatever the weather, fly the oceans on the allotted duties....Theirs is the physically arduous and equally hazardous job of flying far out in the front Line..."
 
2010. The deputy Prime Minister,Nick Clegg. MP said
 
"Were not going to abandon the families and communities which are dependent for their jobs and their livlihood on those bases."
 
2010. The prime Minister, Rt Hon David cameron MP said
 
"RAF Kinloss would no longer be required."
 
2010. Keir Hardie, RM Rtd says
 
     The Prime Minister has taken the Great out of Britain and the United out of Kingdom. He has insulted the servicemen of Moray who died in WW2, The 2 who died in 1995. The 7 who died in 1995. The 14 who died in 2006. My personal thanks and sympathies go to all of you families who have given so much. I understand your hurt at the contemptuous manner in which you have been treated. I also respect and admire your quiet strength and determination. We are all proud of you.

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Friday went well. I was there till half 3. Spoke to many people. A young couple with a sprog appeared. She had brought me a coffee to keep me warm. They had just moved up to Kinloss and bought a house.. he`s in the RAF . now they dont know what their future will be. So,  I`m happy to be here.

My last day is next saturday (27th) and, by happy co-incidence - it is when the memorial is being Dedicated. One of the widows, who was a prime mover of the fund to get the memorial came for a chat. She has asked me to attend the Dedication. Off soon to do todays stint. then only 7 days to go. Roll on summer.

Regards Keir.

View Article  Marines Unveil Monument To Their Fallen

Marines Unveil Monument To Their Fallen


A new memorial dedicated to members of 40 Commando Royal Marines who have given their lives for their country was unveiled this week at their base, Norton Manor Camp near Taunton.

The memorial, made of granite by a Taunton stonemason, was paid for after a groundswell of public support for the unit which has recently returned from operations in Afghanistan.

The black, globe-shaped memorial was blessed by the unit's chaplain, Andrew Rawding, at a special ceremony attended by some of the families of the 14 Marines who have died in Afghanistan, civilian fundraisers including Royal Marines Association branches, and the Mayor of Taunton, Jefferson Horsley.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul James, 40 Commando's Commanding Officer, thanked the fundraisers and others who helped build the memorial garden site. He said: "It is very moving to be here and to think this beautiful memorial and the garden was all made possible only through the generosity and kindness of people who undertook it all while we were out in Afghanistan, largely without our knowledge.

"Both local people and others throughout the country helped raise money. It is a source of added pride to know that we have so much support, especially when people are giving their lives in combat."

A slow-growing memorial tree and dedicated plaque is planned for each of the fatalities in Afghanistan.

Claire Marsh and her young daughter Molly, aged four, the widow and daughter of Royal Marine David Marsh, who died in a roadside bomb blast in 2008, placed flowers at his tree and plaque. Claire said:

"This garden is a lovely place to come and pay tribute to David. He was killed by an IED when driving with his colleague and friend Lieutenant John Thornton on patrol with the Fire Support Group.

"They were both killed together. The garden is an ideal place to meet other families and I have spoken to John's family today. It is very comforting to share this support. It makes me extra proud of David to be here part of the ceremony with Molly."

Lt Col James added: "It is a particularly proud moment to help launch the memorial and garden. It is a good place for families, friends and colleagues to come and reflect on the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"There is a sense of sorrow at this ceremony, but mixed with pride for what has been achieved by those with great valour, courage and selfless sacrifice.

"However, families who have lost sons will find that they have gained many others through support of the family of the Royal Marines, both past and present."

Graham Rees, of the Bridgwater branch of the Royal Marines Association, helped build the memorial garden paths and set up the tree memorials. He said: "My previous unit was 40 Commando, so I have a great affinity for them. Our branch donated £250 to the fund because we veterans feel every death. When one falls in battle we all feel that loss like a family.

"You can take the man out of the Marines but not the Marine out of the man, and this applies through your life."


View Article  Courageous Royal Marine honoured by his community
Royal Marine Warrant Officer Class 1 Matt Tomlinson has been made freeman of his hometown, Street in Somerset - the first ever honorary freeman of the area


Royal Marine Warrant Officer Class 1 Matt Tomlinson, wife Sharon, daughter Ellis, and sons Daniel Brian and Harvey parade through Street in a 1916 La France open-topped car

Hundreds of Street residents turned out to cheer and wave flags as the parish council conferred the distinction to recognise WO1 Tomlinson's operational awards - the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) and Military Cross (MC) - and his achievements over the years within the Royal Marine Corps.

Before the formal presentation ceremony at which he received the scroll of the freedom of the village of Street from parish council leader Bryan Beha, there was a parade along the High Street in which WO1 Tomlinson and his family travelled in a 1916 La France open-topped car with well-wishers lining the streets and a marching band leading the way.

WO1 Tomlinson was joined for the day by his proud family: wife Sharon, daughter Ellis, aged 14, and sons Daniel Brian, aged five, and Harvey, aged seven.

WO1 Tomlinson, from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, based at HM Naval Base Devonport, said:

"The day was fantastic, a real honour to be granted the status in a town where I grew up from the age of two until I joined the Corps.

"About 300 people lined the High Street to witness the event. And the same amount attended the ceremony at Elmhurst School in Street. At the school a presentation was delivered by the school's year-five children about my life in Street and my career in the Corps.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Matthew Tomlinson
Warrant Officer Class 1 Matthew Tomlinson was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery under enemy fire in Afghanistan and the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for a mission in Iraq in 2006

"The parish councillor read portions of my citations for the CGC and the MC."It really was a great day and an opportunity to thank the people of Street for their support to myself and the wider Armed Forces. A collection was also made for the RN/RM [Royal Navy/Royal Marines] charities which raised approximately £400."In May this year WO1 Tomlinson was awarded the MC by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace - one of the highest honours for bravery in the country.

The award was for a tour of duty in Helmand province in Afghanistan when, as a member of 3 Commando Brigade, WO1 Tomlinson braved grenades and gunfire to rescue an injured soldier and retrieve the body of another comrade killed in an explosion.

He was also awarded the CGC for a mission in Iraq in 2006, after his actions under fire saved the lives of the 16-strong US Marine Corps assault force he was commanding.

WO1 Tomlinson was raised in Street where he still lives with his wife and three children, and was nominated for the village freemanship by local resident Rose Stuckey. This was willingly endorsed by the parish council as recognition of his outstanding bravery."We all enjoy our freedom here, but we are all aware that freedom isn't free - it is bought for us by the people who are willing to fight for it."

Warrant Officer Class 1 Matt Tomlinson in the turret of a Viking armoured vehicle in Afghanistan

The pupils at Elmhurst School, as part of their presentation, said:

"He told us that he is not a hero, but people think he is because he risked his own life to save others. He told us that his heroes are his wife, and the younger Marines."

In his acceptance speech, WO1 Tomlinson paid tribute to 40 Commando Royal Marines, who recently returned to their barracks in Taunton after losing 14 of their ranks:

"I ask that you join me in welcoming them home, and that you remember everything they've done, remember their injured and never forget the fallen," he said.

Thanking his family for their support he also paid tribute to two colleagues, including one of his friends who had fallen in battle on his third tour of Afghanistan:

"Thank you all, each and every one of you, for this honour. Thank you Street for all of the memories that have kept me going through tough times and memories I have called on when I've been in the middle of action to keep me strong and keep me going.

"Thank you all for being here, your support is appreciated, and believe me, it is felt by us all."

2nd Nov` 2010

View Article  Save the Gurkha Regiment Campaign

Save the Gurkha Regiment Campaign

The campaign continues to grow but we still need so many more to back the issue.  We are using the Internet well, but it is critical that the campaign gets your help to get new followers too. So please spread the campaign website address to all your friends, colleagues and family and get them to complete the on-line form at the website:  www.savethegurkhas.co.uk

The Campaign is on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. And, if you have an account with the key Social Networks, please link, follow and comment on the campaign from your own accounts. These additional connections will help drive your followers to support the Campaign.

Please note though, only 1 signature per person on the on-line petition. You can also download a petition form to get hand written signatures at your office, business, shop, school and anywhere suitable and where those supporters without Internet access can support the campaign too. The form can be downloaded from the website www.savethegurkhas.co.uk.


Here are the campaign connection details to send to all your contacts, friends, family, colleagues.

  1. Petition Website:  www.savethegurkhas.co.uk  to lodge support on-line
  2. Join the Facebook Group called: Campaign to Save the Brigade of Gurkhas from being axed  and also -Follow the profile- Peter D Carroll
  3. Follow the Campaign on Twitter. The Twitter profile is called: savethegurkhas
  4. Visit YouTube videos of Peter Carroll being Interviewed by BBC and SKY: http://www.youtube.com/user/GurkhasCampaign
  5. LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3376053  -Save the Gurkha Regiment Campaign-
  6. Email Contact: savethegurkhas@whynotcampaign.co.uk 
View Article  Soldiers' Pensions v Killed in Action
Soldiers' Pensions - Killed in Action

Hi all. PLEASE can you all sign this petition for soldiers pensions on the link below and pass on to all of your friends and families. For those of you who don't know Sgt Matty Telford was killed 3rd Nov 2009 by a rogue Afghan Policeman. Now you will all remember him from the news as 'Sergeant' Matty Telford but the army give his children his pension at corporal rate because he was sergeant for less than a year. The unfairness of this is that he was promoted so he could do this job in Afghan and had he not been promoted he would have been doing a different job and may have been with us today. After this petition was started it came to light that this is happening to a lot of our brave heroes families.


View Article  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor; Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggarman, Thief !
For all the words spoken by Members of Parliament, for all the flying visits to Afghanistan, especially pre-election ( even though proxy voting for troops deployed could not be organised), for all the crocodile tears ......... this is an example of where you, as service personnel, actually stand in their estimation.

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Contrast this with how many of these parasites were packed in to the Commons during the debates on their expenses and the abusing of the new expenses regulatory body.
I wonder where all the MPs appeared from at the division bell to achieve those voting figures.



View Article  The E.U. referendum campaign
Please, give this a few minutes of your time - I think that it is important if not for you, then for your children and grandchildren
Have a look at it then, if you agree with it, give some thought to signing up.

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Of course, there is always the possibility that you would prefer to speak "Napoleon" rather than "Wellington" !
View Article  There are old soldiers, there are bold soldiers ........
There are old soldiers, there are bold soldiers but there are no old, bold soldiers.
Now, whoever coined that phrase may well have to reconsider their stance.

 Read the story of Captain James Maynard, Royal Marines.

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Fair puts all you three-badgers to shame, doesn't it ?
View Article  Forever Young A song for Wootton Bassett
Forever Young A song for Wootton Bassett

Asking friends to watch Forever Young A song for Wootton Bassett is an important way to raise awareness and recruit more people to National Airplay for Forever Young: A song for Wootton Bassett so keep up the great work and invite more friends to watch!



"Click Here to Support the Original Link"


Originally Performed by: Peter, Paul & Mary.

 

Lyric:

 

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay forever young.

Chorus:
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light surrounding you.

May you always be courageous
Stand up right and be as strong
And may you stay forever young.

(chorus x2)

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young.

(chorus x2)

May you grow up righteous and true,
See the light surrounding you
May you grow up righteous and true,
See the light surrounding you
May you ...(repeating) with (chorus)


View Article  I am not a very "picky" person ........
I am not a very "picky" person but this obnoxious piece of dross takes the biscuit.


Now - we've all registered our displeasure at that young male student in Sheffield who pissed all over the poppies at Barker's Pool, Sheffield - but the logistics of this vision of loveliness having a pee on a war memorial just beggars belief. AND, she went on to committ a sex act on the memorial ! Just how low can you sink, even with a belly full of booze ?

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Now, I'm a cynic who believes that mankind can stoop lower than you can imagine - BUT, in all honesty, no matter how much beer you could drink, could you honestly f*ck that monster. I just cannot imagine how good the beer googles were !!!!!!

I've been on dragon competitions, but any bootneck who was seen porking a dog like that would have been the holder of the "All Comer's Record" ( pun intended) !

What do you bet ? A 3 months suspended sentence and a morning after pill for the bloke ( including an eye test) !
What an obnoxious piece of shit - and SHE was even worse.

It just shows you where we are in the view of these pieces of dross !
View Article  Britain - a world power ?
Britain - a world power ?
Would this be tolerated by the U.S., Canada, Australia - or indeed, any country which has contributed troops to the operations in Afghanistan ?

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I think not. Perhaps it is time we re-evaluated our place in the grand scheme of things and concentrated on "fixing" the country once and for all.
View Article  With Tony Blair ......
With Tony Blair - as usual - it is hard to obtain even a kernel of truth or even a straightforward statement with anything he says or does.
Because of ALL the examples of his mendacity over the years since he became a politician and particularly when he became Leader of New Labour and Prime Minister, you have to view every action and statement as "suspect" until proven otherwise.
My opinions of Blair ( and his fellow travellers such as Campbell, Blunkett, Reid, Mandelson et al) cannot be published even on the adult section of this site but are so poor that even if they were paraded through Baghdad in chains by "the bad guys" live on Al Jazeera, it wouldn't cause me to lose any sleep.
He is about as straight as a dog's hind leg in my opinion. His future should be firmly in the U.S. as they seem to like him so much. Ah, the U.S. . Politically speaking, a country led (a bit like U.K.) by so many wankers and yet they don't have a word for "wanker".
So what is the truth behind this ? This bare-faced attempt to ingratiate himself with his fellow-countrymen - is it a way to try to atone for his actions and the deaths and injuries of so many caused by those same actions ? I doubt it, given his performance at the Inquiry when he said he had "no regrets".

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Being a cynic ( and loathing the creature and all he stands for) I can only assume that it is a sales pitch because his little chum Mandelson stole his thunder  ......... and that way, any money contributed from the book sales is paid by the mugs who buy the book and not himself.

There's also a link from this article to another one asking where his money goes - considering he was so profligate with tax revenues, you would think that he would be more open. Mind you, he does have Cruella de Ville's spending habits and misplaced self-worth to deal with.
View Article  Australian Culture - an oxymoron ?
Let's have a look at Australian Culture ! I'm sure it won't take too long !!!!!!!!

As a man of my age should, I've been listening to "Gold" on D.A.B. and heard, amongst all the nostalgic music, one particular record that made me wonder about the contribution to culture that Australia has made. I came to the conclusion that, apart from a couple of things. it has been bugger all ! Fosters - a great beer in Oz but shit when made in UK, Swan - ditto. Castlemaine - ditto. But they never gave us Toohey's or similar, did they - the bastards !

We've had Dame Edna Everedge/Sir Les Patterson - a one trick pony.
The execrable Joe Dolce ..... we will go to our graves thinking of "Hey you, Shaddup Your Face" and the problem it caused Midge Ure/Ultravox with "Vienna".

Then there was Slim Dusty with " A Pub With No Beer" !

They gave the world Graham Kerr - "The Galloping Gourmet" (....... gourmet ?), Dame Kiri Takanawaka ( I know she's a Kiwi but it's close enough !) or whatever, Rolf Harris, Paul Hogan, Kevin "Bloody" Wilson and Breaker Morant ( played by a Brit).

We gave them life, the Sydney Harbour Bridge ( any chance of paying for it guys ?), Sydney itself ( Thanks for that, Captain Cook - a son of Whitby), Look at the place names - we gave them their population. ( Okay, some of them didn't want to go, but there you go !)

Thank God they gave us the wonderful Judith Durham - the singer with The Seekers ........ a voice that is as clear and pure now as it was back in the sixties and far superior to that of Mary Hopkin ( as talented as she was). Then they gave us the Australian "gap-year students" ...... the ones who came over here for a year, spent it in a VW Campervan and then camped on The South Bank to sell them just for the air-fare home !

Those kids gave us great bar staff in Earl's Court, and then ............. they adopted one of the best songs that commented on London then and more so now. They went home and made an average folk singer a world-wide hit recording star.

So thanks - Australia. Without you recognising the shit side of London and the downside of UK, we would not still be listening to "Streets of London" by Ralph McTell - as true now as it was then !

All of you - listen to the lyrics and try to figure out why there's been no change ........ then stop talking about how great "Great Britain" is and think about how many times you've "walked on the other side of the road and sneered". Do it, and feel ashamed !

p.s. We've still got the Ashes, haven't we ?



View Article  An all too familiar report !
This is an all too familiar report - but please, do read it ............ then, as you scroll down, look for Private Pirthraj Thapa, 25 years old, of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. I know that he is no different to scores of young servicemen in this respect but I think this is worthy of a comment towards some people.

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Seen it ? For any of you who espouse the BNP or are a fellow traveller, have another look at Pirthraj Thapa. Have a look at his left leg. Oops, sorry. You can't anymore. So instead, look at the badge on the right leg of his shorts. Puts your sickening rants of patriotism and Nationalism into perspective, doesn't it ?
View Article  A comment on the Saville Report !
For those of you who may have been there or thereabouts at the time, and for those of you who weren't but are of the age to remember, I give you a comment on the subject of The Saville Report -12 years in the making and eleventyumptynine million pounds cost to make Blair look good when he did sod all except :
a. Concede everything.
b. Brought John Major's initiative to an extremely unsatisfactory end but did bugger all to drive the engine.
c. Launch the most long-winded and expensive whitewash ever known.

I rarely agree with Simon Heffer of The Daily Telegraph because, without any military experience, he is a "Colonel Sir Bufton Tufton - V.C. and six bars, G.M., Mc." of Tunbridge Wells.

But this you have to read :

Read it here

Now, if you read other articles and reports - especially from those in the "know" - you will and indeed have done so for many years, wonder how McGuiness was never charged and was allowed to become an M.P.. and yet was truly believed to have opened fire on the Paras first to provoke such an incident and never mind the inocents caught in the backlash/crossfire ......... however, for that you'll either have to wait 30 or 40 years more or advance on the testicles of that abominable creature Blair with a pair of red hot pliers and a demand for repayment of all his ill-gotten gains and property prtfolio as they are the prceeds of crime.

So let's have a look at the M62 coach bombing, Manchester City Centre, the City of London, the chip shop in Omagh and countless others like Birmingham, The Grand Hotel and Guildford - no enquiries there then ? No criticism of McGuiness - only a "perhaps he may have had a Thompson" ! What ?

At least the lawyers came out of it well, one even managing (allegedly) to purchase a Scottish estate on the proceeds ; McGuiness and Adams have their salaries/expenses as M.P.s even without sitting in Parliament.

This political class - and it hasn't changed even at the last election - should hang its collective head in shame ! Perhaps they, McGuiness and Adams deserve each other. But as sure as eggs are eggs, the people of this country don't.
View Article  A large portion of Gordon Brown's toecap for you chaps - this is what he meant by giving the miitary all he asked for !
This sums up Brown's performance and his continuing farrago of lies regarding the respect that he has for the Armed Forces ........ NOT !

Click here - read it and weep

I wonder if the M.P.s of all parties and the ones who lost their seats are expected to adhere to the same time schedule ?

No - didn't think that these self serving pieces of sh*t would ...... or care.

Kipling rules - "Tommy this, and Tommy that,
                         And "Kick him out, the brute"
                         But he's the saviour of his country
                         When the guns begin to shoot"

Time to write to your M.P.s, lovely boys ......... because the majority of them "don't like it up 'em".
And if you voted Labour then hang your heads in shame !
View Article  This is incredible .......
This is incredible, if true.

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Apparently he told The Sun that it took him nine rounds to hit the first, then 28 seconds to take out the other four. It makes you think ........ 9 rounds for the first, then the others moved closer together ? Then 4 downed in 28 seconds ? That's one every 7 seconds - from a mile away with a bolt action rifle ? And were they still all close together for the 28 seconds as they started falling ? If so, fantastic .......
Mmmmm !
I do not doubt his skill; I do not doubt his commitment. But somehow, why doesn't this ring true ............ ?????

View Article  The only surprise !
The only surprise about this was that I wasn't surprised.
An astonishing claim and, if true, it makes you question political priorities and the commitment shown by troops to an ungrateful government.

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It's good to know that this government backs the military 100%, isn't it ?




View Article  Former Service personnel pensions - and the Brown effect.
Drawing a pension for your time in the Armed Forces ? Then you'll no doubt be pleased that Gordon Brown appreciates your efforts and "has given the military everything they asked for" as both Chancellor and P.M..

So how does this latest 'stroke' of his sit with you today ?

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Not quite the appreciation for your service that you were anticipating, is it ?


View Article  HOW (Help our Wounded)

HELP OUR WOUNDED is a fundraising arm for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, Charity Number 248733.


HOW was formed on the 4th March 2010 because of the number of seriously injured Royal Marines returning from operational tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and other areas of armed conflict. A number of charities were approached by our injured Royal Marines for funding but were turned away because funds were not available. Even Help For Heroes couldn't help, saying to one Royal Marine, 'we do not help individuals'. It appears that all Help For Heroes money goes into building projects such as hospitals, swimming pools and rehabilitation centres. None of the £40,000,000 raised so far goes to help the injured servicemen or their families financially. So it was decided to set up HELP OUR WOUNDED to supplement existing Royal Marine charities with funding to help the injured and their families return to as normal a life as possible.
 
Mission:

First, to provide ongoing financial help not only for today or tomorrow, but for life. A number of Royal Marines are double or triple amputees, some suffering from blindness and disfigurement. The conditions which our injured Royal Marines find themselves in has a long term impact on their standards of living. These men and there families need long term financial help.

Second, and probably the most important, is to provide suitable employment for our most seriously disabled lads in becoming professional fundraisers and to look at other forms of employment to suit their disabilities.

View Article  To follow on from the MIDMAR posting .........
To follow on from the Midmar posting and the reply (yet to be posted by me) by Karl Wynn of Webeurope ( with which - in the last three sentences - I agree), Karl persists in calling N. Ireland/Ulster "the north of Ireland" thereby suggesting where his sympathies may lie and who would rather offer employment to paedophiles, drug addicts and criminals rather than ex-service people. I would offer this for your reading :
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Things that make you go "Mmmmm" !

As a footnote, you will see later when I post his reply to my e-mail ( you can no longer send e-mails to him apparently as they "bounce back") that he mentions one or two things involving the British troops ......... but does not mention the Omagh chip-shop bombing, Warrington, Canary Wharf, the City, Birmingham, Surrey, Airey Neave, Sir Stuart Pringle, the Brighton bombing, Manchester or any others. Hidden agenda or selective memory, do you think ?

Don't forget, this man has so much courage in his convictions/arguements that he initially blamed one of his staff ..... then took the signs down fron his premises, then allegedly moved his address to London ( accountants or legal beagles), and then attempted a spirited, though failed, defence of his "deeply held" beliefs !
Hidden agenda, no real balls, or - even though he says he doesn't care if his views cost him money - a spurious defence for a thirty year terrorist campaign using other theatres to disguise his agenda ?

I will post his reply shortly with comments. Surprisingly, I agree with one or two, sympathise with a couple of points ...... yet I still think he's a prick with no mandate to discuss bravery or heroism.

Paedophilia - well, I'm not so sure ........ it wasn't a soldier who suggested that "he sitteth on the right hand of God" or that "You should suffer the little children to come unto me".  If you truly "believe" then please accept my apoligies. However, if, having seen the shitty parts of life, you have difficulty believing in the God of the Pope in whose name abuse was tantamount to a c.v. for Webeurope, isn't it a bugger ? ( pun intended).


View Article  Webeurope - Taunton corporate song !
I have to inform all of you - in case of potential legal action - that the corporate song used before work every morning prior to start-up at webeurope of Taunton IS NOT that old classic performed originally by Al Jolson ..........
"Climb upon my knee, sonny boy.
Though you're only three, sonny boy" !

So please be aware !

Gongdonkey
p.s. Neither is this sung at Vespers in the Catholic Church, just in case God comes for me !