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, 7 March 2010

Pictures of the day.

No, it won't go away if you cover your eyes. Picture from NotW

That little plaque, and those alongside it ,demonstrate the reality of the war in Afghanistan It also perhaps demonstrates the effects of cost-cutting and penny-paring that, according to Mr Brown's statement to Chilcot, did not happen.

Picture Daily Telegraph

Pictures taken during Mr Brown's public relations, vote-hunting, "surprise visit to our frontline troops in Helmand" show him displaying the result of his Kit Kat and banana diet.

He didn't seem to realise that the soldiers might have had something better to do than show him around their 'camp' - a camp that does not resemble Butlins.

Whilst he was trying to look important in his overstuffed shirt, two more soldiers lost their lives.

Even the loyal BBC can't hide the truth. There is a page showing the faces of the decent, honest, loyal, patriotic men and women who have lost their lives - and who may not have died if Mr Brown had been willing to spend taxpayers' money on up to date equipment instead of making sure taxpayers funded the lifestyles of the idle and feckless.

Look at them

Let's hope Mr Brown has no nightmares, that he counts sheep when he tries to sleep instead of seeing the faces of the young men and women he has helped send to war, underfunded and underequipped, whilst the people of the Met Office, whose wages come out of the MoD budget sit in their offices and are paid bonuses for getting the weather forecast wrong.

Oh, and this was clinging at straws type of stuff too ...
... one of the Prime Minister's officials telephoned the British embassy in Kabul before the Conservative leader visited troops in Helmand Province in December to request that it did not co-operate with him.
"The aide made clear that Cameron's trip should not be a success," says my man in the Number 10 bunker. "He said there should be no 'media availability'."

Mrs Rigby is particularly irritated by the governments behaviour towards the military because some young men she has watched grow from infancy have decided it might be a good idea to join the Army. They are old enough, they think they are wise enough, they know they will be well trained, they do not believe they will be either injured or killed - that is the nature of youth, they know they are invincible.

These young mens' parents know otherwise, but what can they do apart from being afraid.

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