I don’t often write posts like this but there is a media storm brewing about Ed Miliband and a Help for Heroes wrist band and am in the mood for a rant (normal serious service will resume in the morning!)
It makes me sick when people try to make a political point off the backs of service charities.
The Sun is trying to rubbish Ed Miliband by saying he refused to attend a photo shoot wearing a Help for Heroes wrist band because he was scared of what ‘left wing luvvies’ would say. Apologists for the Sun will say it is all about raising awareness and ‘how could he’ but we all know that is not the whole story.
I wonder if Dave, Nick and Nigel bought their own wrist bands.
But what have Dave and Nick have done for service personnel during their current government?
Oh, yes, of course, how could we forget, they gave tens of thousands of them their P45’s, presided over equipment shortages, under-manning and an all-round erosion in their terms and conditions of service, unlike MP’s of course, throwing taxpayer subsidised gin and tonics down their fat necks as fast as they can piss it out the other end.
Support service charities or don’t support service charities, but do it for your own reasons, not because the Sun strong arms you or a vainglorious and shallow pre-election attempt to wrap yourself in a flag.
I don’t know Ed Miliband’s reasons for not performing like a monkey for the Sun and frankly, I don’t care, but to say he doesn’t support the forces because he refused to wear a bloody wristband for a Sun photo shoot is plainly ridiculous.
And by the way, that Help for Heroes exists in the first place should tell you everything you need to know about how much successive governments of all colours care about service personnel and their welfare.
For one of the richest countries in the world to have such a large service charity sector is a national disgrace that all politicians should be deeply deeply embarrassed about, have we learned nothing in the hundred years since the First World War.
So lets forget all that stuff about needing charity in the first place, putting thousands on the dole, eroding terms of service for those left and sending them off to wars with inadequate equipment.
Look at me, I care, I have a wristband.
Hang your fucking heads in shame.