The difficulty with using the TA is the …

Comment posted Axed Argylls deployed to Olympic Games security by newsroom.

The difficulty with using the TA is the impact on the economy of employers losing 3,500 staff at short notice.

This part time nature of TA membership and the impact on businesses of using it at a serious level, also casts doubt on the achieveability of the MoD’s plan to double its size and use it more intensively in theatres of war, with the new slimmed down army.

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    Yes I do.
    One major lesson I have personally learned from the narrow insularity of the nationalist separatists and the Scottish Government during and since indyref 1, is that unity is a grown up, infinitely more demanding but infinitely more rewarding politics in its plurality.
    indyref 1 taught me that, to be consistent, I should revisit my personal scepticism about the EU – and I have done that.
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    Happily.
    He is.
    We have laid out the reasons for this and hold to that considered view.
    It does not mean he will win.
    We can have no idea how many people understand what is at issue in this election adn ust how much of an imperative tactical voting is.
    We’ll all know tomorrow night.
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    This is no more than a legitimate metaphor for a prolonged political conflict which has been and will continue to be hugely costly to both sides in political terms.
    It has already cost the SNP its former and legendary leader and former First Minister of Scotland.
    It looks as if it has cost one major national political party – in Scotland anyway; and, again in Scotland, a second string national party.
    It is all but certain to fire the starting gun on the end of an often principled [and sometimes unprincipled] political union that has been eminent worldwide for centuries.
    That starting gun will be primed by the start of a marshalled and serious push for Scotland to leave the Union. which will succeed.
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    No one will be the winner; but the UK, like the Ottoman Empire, is likely to end up being adjudged the winner simply because the conflict was fought on its territory and it remains standing.
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  1. I don’t suppose I’m the only one to wonder what will happen in future when our army has been cut by another 20,000. Say, for example, another foot and mouth outbreak coinciding with our forces being fully committed to another of the vanity wars which seem to have become a rite of passage for our recent prime ministers. Shudder.

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  2. I do understand why officers of the British Army have to used to provide security at the Olympics. Surely members of T A could beused at a fraction of the cost.

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    • The difficulty with using the TA is the impact on the economy of employers losing 3,500 staff at short notice.

      This part time nature of TA membership and the impact on businesses of using it at a serious level, also casts doubt on the achieveability of the MoD’s plan to double its size and use it more intensively in theatres of war, with the new slimmed down army.

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