Colonel Richard Kemp, the former chair of the Cobra Intelligence Group, has written an interesting piece in the Times.
He asks how realistic is Gordon Brown's and Lord Adonis's operation to send two navy warships to pick up stranded Brits and how likely it is to be actually implemented. It would appear the Navy is still awaiting orders.
The MoD is applauded and finally we have some information about arrangements for the military. One of our soldiers has been repatriated from Afghanistan although I have not been aware of any mention in the MSM. Seems they're sticking to the 'code of silence'.
Although it is quite possible that the situation could deteriorate, it must now be questionable whether the proposed use of naval ships — other than HMS Albion — was intended seriously. The plans for HMS Ark Royal andOcean appear so vague that they sound more like a mere contingency plan conveniently made public.
Does this surprise me? Of course not. Mr Kemp also questions whether using Navy warships (with the exception of HMS Albion) to rescue holidaymakers, when there are no lives at risk, is an appropriate use of the equipment.
I would say it is serious misuse of military equipment. Although I have no idea of the cost of such an operation, rest assured it will run into many millions.
We still have boats, trains, cars and coaches don't we? Where is the pioneering British spirit we're told about? It's obviously been dumbed down - along with education standards.