Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Sunday, 30 August 2009

The Sun, Mr Brown, and firing blanks whilst paying tax.

The Sun doesn't pull any punches in this piece about the Army, Afghanistan and the MoD.
The Sun is proud to be the Forces' paper. We admire their astonishing courage and weep for their dead and injured.
But they need the right kit. They need money. They need to feel their Government is behind them.
Our heroes have been abandoned and are dying. This Government must remember that there is a bloody war on. A war that they chose.
If the Prime Minister will not take charge and take responsibility for the war, he should resign and be replaced with a Premier who will lead from the front.
Gordon's response is make a "surprise" visit to Afghanistan, where during the two hours he spent at Lashkar Gah he hinted that more troops may be sent to the front line.

Mrs Rigby thinks it's a pity that many of these troops will have been using blank ammunition during their training

British soldiers are being forced to train with blanks rather than live rounds to save money.
Apparently ...
The bullet ban is the result of a £700m cut in the money available to run the army in the UK.

Mrs Rigby wonders what ARRSE will make of this!

She also wonders what they will make of Lance Corporal Dean Byfield's question,
"Why do we have to pay tax while we are out here?"
Mr Brown told him it was ...

because the soldier was a British employee, his income was taxed back home while he was stationed overseas
I wonder what soldiers actually get in return for their taxes?

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