Angry when I read this last week? You bet I was. Although it's a Daily Mail article it is accurate.
The Operational Service Medal (picture) is usually given to military personnel to honour service in British campaigns. It was introduced in 2000 and replaced the General Service Medal.
Civil servants who volunteer to work in Afghanistan complained they should be issue with it too and they now have a their own award ceremony. The civil servants are composed of welfare and administration officers, scientists and mechanics. Some of these civil servants have seen their 'good performance' payments double, including rewards for saving money.
One civil servant who recently returned from Afghanistan said: 'We are not on the front line facing the Taliban, but could be blown to pieces at any time. I shall wear my medal with pride inside and outside the office.'
Haud me back! What are the MoD thinking of by issuing a War medal to civilians? Surely they understand the pride military personnel have in receiving any recognition of their bravery. Issuing this medal to civilians is offensive as LibDem MP Willie Rennie says. "We need a complete review of arrangements so that risk and courage is taken into account when medals are being awarded."
I wonder how our troops feel about civil servants, many paid far more than themselves and in receipt of 'performance' bonuses, being classed as brave. All they will be given as a reward is another £2,400 in overseas allowance when they return home.
Perhaps the answer to that is here. Well done lads, you've shown our spineless PM you certainly still have backbones even though some of you have lost a limb or three.
Editor's note: I don't have a clue why the font changed in the middle here and I can't correct it. The trials of Blogger.