I am repeating myself, but there are Tory …

Comment posted Argylls to be scrapped – along with the best recruiting battalion in the army by Iain McCallum.

I am repeating myself, but there are Tory grandees spinning madly in their graves at this pathetic excuse of a Tory government’s destruction of the British Army. My understanding is that they want the TA to supplement the Regulars. That will never work. With due respect to the Terriers, they can never be as well trained and prepared as regulars. And worse still, what employer in their right mind will employ, or allow their staff to join, the TA? TA troops will be away from their full time job most of the time to cover the short fall, leaving an employer to cover for the gap that will be created.
As an ex-Royal Marine and a (soon to be) ex-Tory voter I could weep

Recent comments by Iain McCallum

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    My thoughts exactly when I saw Mr Arthur had been appointed. I don’t doubt his credentials, but there are a finite amount of people with a finite amount of disposable income in the Kintyre area. The good folks in the Wee Toon and surrounding areas already put their hands in their pockets disproportionally for charities and good causes each and every week. They will still only use the Pictures as a treat and watch a film once, no matter how new and good that film is. I still believe that the locals will continue to support the Wee Pictures, because they have fought so hard to keep it, but don’t let the management get too far ahead of themselves
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    We ARE getting a new coach, but sadly the fool Johnson is being retained as the Director of Rugby with responsibility for the professional game. He has messed up the current squad, and will do equal harm for the future of Scottish rugby. He is never a head coach, always a number 2. When he left the Ospreys the players were reported as saying they had no idea what he wanted them t do. Good riddance say, and the sooner he goes completely the better
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    Well done the Wee Toon for another coup. I wish I could get “home” for this event.
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    I didn’t notice, but I understand that the adjustment of benefits was previously done for those in private rented. And I am sure that there was no uproar or demonstrations, hence me seeming to have not noticed it. But for some reason (political expediency?) there seems to be uproar now when the benefits. Makes me ‘ead hurt
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    As an exiled Scot who doesn’t get a vote on the future of my country, I would like to ask what happens if the vote is “No”? Does it go like Wales, when the Welsh had a vote for devolution and voted no, but then they kept having a vote every 10 years or so until the Nationalists got the “right result”. Just wondering out loud

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9 Responses to I am repeating myself, but there are Tory …

  1. I am repeating myself, but there are Tory grandees spinning madly in their graves at this pathetic excuse of a Tory government’s destruction of the British Army. My understanding is that they want the TA to supplement the Regulars. That will never work. With due respect to the Terriers, they can never be as well trained and prepared as regulars. And worse still, what employer in their right mind will employ, or allow their staff to join, the TA? TA troops will be away from their full time job most of the time to cover the short fall, leaving an employer to cover for the gap that will be created.
    As an ex-Royal Marine and a (soon to be) ex-Tory voter I could weep

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  2. “Cost cutting” that’s a laugh! Why do you need high numbers of military when you have new technology and a world army at your finger tips?(UN and NATO come to mind) smoke and mirrors
    Is it not like Salmond’s one size fits all national police force (militia){ may like to look at PACE law), yeah Argyll needs the same type of policing as Glasgow or Edinburgh?
    But don’t worry people we are in safe hands our masters in Europe have a plan! Welcome to Germany 1942 oops sorry Britain 2012.
    Its time our army and police forces pulled their service to the corporation that is the government, tell them to get stuffed I bet the people of this island would support them fully.

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  3. Try telling Anne annis the mother of Simon annis who died in Afghanistan for queen and country but also his battalion he loved the second battalion royal regiment of fusiliers
    Disgrace to the memory’s of the fus that died for our battalion

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  4. This Steve Bell cartoon (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/cartoon/2012/jul/05/steve-bell-defence-cuts) says it all but Rudyard Kipling said it better when he wrote “Tommy”.

    “For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country,” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    But Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!”

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  5. The Army website currently says:
    ‘Joining the Army as a Territorial means that you do all your training and military duties in your spare time.’
    We understand that Territorials will have to take one year off out of five to retrain.
    This statement also obliterates the impact on employers and the imperative for their active collaboration in the present scheme to place much heavier reliance on the role of a volunteer force in active operations.

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  6. Getting rid of the fusiliers and down sizing the Army means my uncle died for nothing during the last war. We cant down size the Forces they are needed to protect this country. What we need is to get rid of the useless polititions who now nothing about the orderniry people.

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  7. Pingback: Argylls to be scrapped – along with the best recruiting battalion in the army › About the Army

  8. Edie, complaining that your uncle “died for nothing” makes it sound as if this is the first time since the last war that cuts in our armed forces have been implemented. Our forces have been undergoing down sizing ever since the last war. It is nothing new. There were 375,000 in the armed forces in 1962 (50 years ago) Cuts have happened several times since then and none of those, like the current proposals, are anything to do with why your uncle died. He did so, like far too many other brave men, to save a country, not an army.

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