In the week in which we remember our war dead, it was almost inevitable that some news story would cause controversy.
Early in the week it was revealed that the MOD has paid out almost £300 million pounds in bonuses to civil servants. This revelation left many of us gobsmacked, especially considering the fact that our troops are dying through a lack of equipment. Not only this, many of the troops consider the equipment they are given as sub-standard (compared with the other forces in Afghanistan and Iraq) and are forced to go to Army & Navy supply shops and buy upgraded equipment (e.g., boots).
It’s a fairly obvious point to make, but why are the government paying bonuses to civil servants, instead of properly equipping our armed forces? Just think about what a difference to people’s lives a fraction of that money could make, if spent wisely in Kursaal ward.