Last week, Liam Fox proclaimed that Britain “cannot allow Afghanistan to be used again as a home for terrorists“, and urged his colleagues to “find the language to persuade the British people to stay with us“. This, one can only assume, is David Cameron’s effort…

In the First World War those at home didn’t just sing ‘keep the home fires burning’, they practised it. In the Second World War, the military occupied a huge place in the national consciousness, partly because everyone knew someone in uniform.

I believe as a country at war we should see the same appreciation today, with the military front and centre of our national life once again.

As we’re “at war“, our Dave pronounces, we must express the “same appreciation” that was shown in World War 2. Conflict, he intimates, demands our graditude; regardless of where, how and for whom it’s being fought…

There is huge respect for the Armed Forces community out there, and I want that expressed more loudly and more proudly.

Once again the implication that we’re bound to feel pride; that it’s a “social responsibility“; something that’s just done. In all offence to Mr Cameron I was more persuaded when a therapist tried to charge me for rustproofing. If one supports the notion of an army then one should, perhaps, be loyal to those soldiers who retain good faith. Such loyalty could find its voice in strident opposition to conflict that endangers them while doing harm. It could even be expressed in the rank, florid abuse of greasy knaves who exploit them! I’m not sure the Prime Minister would approve of that, however…

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