NOT “DAD’S ARMY!

The recent decision to cut military personnel and place more reliance on reorganised defence services leaves Britain in it’s worst domestic defence position since 1781 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jersey).  In the present financial climate, Britain’s Home Defence must be placed in the hands of unpaid citizen volunteers who want to “do their bit” but many of whom are unfit or exempt.  This may sound like a call for a new “Dad’s Army” but it is not!  Far from it!  What I am saying, however, is that the Government cannot say to the people – as it is doing (allbeit indirectly)! –  “Look to your own defence!” and not support them in doing so!    We have already had a number of earnest, honest, community-minded citizens create a 21st-Century version of the Civil Air Patrol (http://www.ukcivilairpatrol.co.uk/).  So recreate the Home Guard by all means – but with it recreate the Militia for service at home!  Many of us are prevented from Serving the Colours in active combat but still want to do our bit!  As Churchill said:-

“GIVE US THE TOOLS AND WE WILL FINISH THE JOB!”

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