There is no army, stupid.
The inevitable question from a flooded midlands resident in the paper today - "Where were the army? They should have sent the army in" - begs the question as to why some people are still ignorant of the true status of our current military resources.
There is no army left. The London battalion - maintained not just for Royal ceremonial but as the capital's Civil Order Battalion - is currently provided from the Jamaican Defence Force. Next week the Catering Corps (now renamed the Logistic Corps) will be mounting the guard at the Palace and will have to deal with any widespread outbreak of rioting in the capital. The Guards have all been sent to the Middle East. A call from a mate in Worcester yesterday revealed our military presence in the flood area was him, an elderly semi-retired Quartermaster Major and two lance-jack clerk / typists. Without a pump or dinghy between them. And the major's car was in for a service.
Blair's crass vanity-war has broken the heart of our army. He has achieved what Barbara Castle ands Dennis Healey tried but failed to do. God, I loathe the socialists.