One thing which must be obvious to all of us, of whatever political persuasion, is that anything in the Mail or Grauniad or even now the Telegraph and certainly the Independent, Times, Reuters or the FE and throw in Newsweek, Time or Huffington Post needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
The only way seems to be to skim through the article, then go straight to comments, for though the threads are full of trolls and shills, the real people do get their voices heard, providing those voices don’t say anything too radical. When you think of how it was before news had feedback facilities and before the net, is it any wonder people were brainwashed?
Now a minority of us are not brainwashed to the same extent. Therefore, two stories which perhaps need to be viewed in context are Help for Heroes and Louise Mensch.
The contention was that HforH was wasting contributions on state-of-the-art facilities for recovery, when they should be giving that money directly for rehabilitation. In other words, the money has gone to cushy facilities for staff. Plus the MoD is saving money on what they should be doing by letting charities take up the slack.
# I watched this on Newsnight yesterday and heard Philip Hammond say that the cost of care etc. shouldn’t be down to the Government alone. I was appalled by this statement as It was the Government that sent our lads & lassies off to war in the first place, not the public. So why should our brave troops have to depend on charities?
# It would be nice if people actually did their research! Firstly, the stately home as some are referring to is a former officers mess which is rented at a cost of £1 per year. Secondly, the building IS NOT a private residence, but a Personal Recovery Centre for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans ergo, there will be no “selling it off for a fat profit” as someone has commented. Thirdly, the £20 million “renovation” costs have not been spent on posh fixtures and fittings as these were already in situ, but has actually been spent on accommodation blocks (so the girls and boys have their own space), sporting facilities and well being areas. Finally, if you would care to review h4h’s website, you would actually see that not one penny donated by the public goes towards salaries (these are covered by the trading arm of the business). All I can say is, if you go into a hospital with peeling paint would you feel cared for and looked after?
# Sorry to admit it but, I have never given money to this charity. I believe it is the duty of the Goverment / MOD to assist these troops. Too many paid staff in all charities, RNLI is another. Phenomenal renumeration. Padding out ill fitting prosthetic limbs with socks, Holding the tin out to buy a pair of boots for a Lifeboat Man. Both have megabucks in the kittty. Outrageous. My money stays in my pocket, sorry.
# I fully believe that Bryn & Emma Parry always have and always will have the best interests of my wounded colleagues & friends, Tedworth House is being/has been fully restored to provide a top notch rehab facility to all who need it, a couple of people complain and H4H are being made out to be outlaws or thieves, innocent until proved guilty is the way our country runs so please wait until all the facts are laid out and the press moves on to it’s next sensational headline with no substance.
Don’t know which way to think on that one.
North Northwester commented along the way in his excellent take on Mensch and Cameron:
Hoo-boy, I can’t wait to read what James writes about this one..
She had been allowed to go back to the constituency on Thursdays and Fridays in a special concession from the PM but it hadn’t proved enough of a help. I am completely devastated – it’s been unbelievably difficult to manage family life.” The Prime Minister, hinting that she was in line for promotion …
The thing is, she’s now done what we’ve been calling for – to get TF out of parliament and out of any position which would affect our lives, apart from buying her chick lit. So as it’s a done deal and apart from putting pressure on Cameron, the heat has largely gone out of it. The spotlight now falls on Chloe Smith and the other hundreds of parachutees there, let alone the millions across the country who should never be in charge of more than running a raffle [see post yesterday about the jobsworth in the women's high jump].