Monday, March 10, 2008

Broken Moral Compass.

Anyone who joins our Armed Forces deserves and receives my deepest respect. Anyone who puts their life on the line in the call of duty, is a hero to me. And any politician who plays 'cynical games' with these Armed Forces attracts my deepest disdain. Enter Gordon Brown, our 'moral compass' Prime Minister. I was utterly disgusted when he visited our soldiers in Iraq to announce troop withdrawals last October, in an attempt to overshadow the Conservative Party Conference. At the time. I thought that this brazen cynicism opened the door for the disastrous collapse in Gordon Brown's opinion poll ratings, which started the next day.

Now we find, if today's Telegraph report from Basra is true, that the troop withdrawals that he announced are not going to materialise anyway - at least when he said they were going to. Liam Fox, our increasingly impressive shadow defence secretary is quoted as saying
"The Prime Minister's announcement of troop withdrawals from Iraq have amounted to nothing more than classic Labour Government spin at the expense of the welfare of our Armed Forces and their families".
As Churchill might have said, "Some morality. Some compass".

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glyn I agree with you 100%, I think our Armed Forces deserve and indeed should receive the respect of all of us, but what do they get? Some return home to public abuse, others so badly injured that they're bearly recognisable, have to fight to get the compensation they so justly deserve and should indeed be awarded as soon as they arrive home.It's a sad state of affairs but it seems to me that this Government treats crooks better than decent human beings, maybe that's because they're no more than immoral, egotistic crooks themselves.

Dr. Christopher Wood said...

Gordon Brown has done the unthinkable - his government has broken faith with the men and women of the British Armed Forces.

Glyn Davies said...

anon - politicians share with most other collective groups a variety of personal qualities. Its the task of the voter to try to choose the best of them to do the representing.

Christopher - Correct.

Left Field said...

We shall have to see if the report proves to be correct. But if it is, then it only adds to the image that the government is drifting aimlessly. Just look at today's idiotic idea of teenagers pledging allegance to the queen.

Like the Major government in 97, I think defeat at the next election may be a mercy killing.

Glyn Davies said...

left field - I agree that we could well win the next General Election - but it will take a lot of hard work. I look on our treatment of the Armed Forces as being above partisan politics. In fact, I'm so determined not to undermine our Armed Forces that I'm sometimes too reluctant to criticise Government policy - but the current Prime Minister just doesn't seem to understand. I hope that the report is not correct. It would be another blow to morale.

Anonymous said...

Churchill and morality Glyn, hardly go together that well. Expected your history to be wider than the jingoistic ww2 reputation he has.

Glyn Davies said...

anon - fair point. I was just playing on his quote following the threat that German power would result in the neck of Great Britain being wrung like that of a chicken. - "Some chicken - some neck"