Bob Ainsworth has been promoted to Defence Secretary in Gordon Brown's reshuffle and this morning, on the Politics Show, Charlie Falconer said, "Bob Ainsworth is highly respected by our forces."
I beg to differ. The military could not be in worse hands. The man is completely incompetent as Fitaloon's Newnight video shows when Paxman attempts to make him answer a simple question.
Bob Ainsworth is also a liar and his lies cost the lives of our troops. Fitaloon has another post which details exactly why this man should not even be in charge of a landrover far less thousands of the bravest people in our country.
Richard at EU Referendum summarises the very poorly attended defence debate which took place in the House of Commons on Thursday. Ainsworth's abilities, or the lack of them, are obvious. It shows further disdain for our forces that 'their' debate was timetabled for a day when it was well known the chamber would be more or less empty.
I know many people have little interest in the day to day business of our troops but I'm sure most notice the vast sums of money being spent on equipment which is completely outdated or inadequate and lives being lost, but we say nothing. Military families who have lost a loved one, or see the suffering of a loved one's injuries, stoically cope without complaint because they know the civilian public will shrug and say 'they knew what the job was when they joined up.' If any joined up more than 10 years ago they didn't have a clue they would be involved in fighting wars which had nothing to do with protecting the British people.
Our military realise politicians use and abuse them solely for their own ends but the troops continue to do their utmost in the name of Queen and country. Without such dedication none of us would feel as safe as we do but I, for one, feel much less safe today knowing that Bob Ainsworth is now in charge. Watch what happens in the next few weeks - Ainsworth will be out in Afghanistan upsetting the strict army schedules purely for his 'I am in charge' photocall instead of ensuring basic equipment is made and transported immediately. Sickening.