New PM Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt must make supporting our veterans a priority from Day One
THE arrival of a new Prime Minister heralds a new dawn for our veterans.
Boris has now joined Jeremy Hunt in signing our Veterans Pledge, committing to a series of moves that will ensure those who served our country are given the treatment they so clearly deserve.
Boris has now joined Jeremy Hunt in signing our Veterans Pledge[/caption]
Both leadership contenders are committing to a series of moves that will ensure those who served our country are given the treatment they so clearly deserve[/caption]
Successive governments have done bits and pieces, but there has been precious little joined-up thinking.
Other well-intentioned pledges, like donating bankers’ rate-rigging fines to Armed Forces charities, haven’t been followed through properly.
That’s why our Pledge includes a commitment to put our military heroes at the heart of Government, with Cabinet-level commitment.
Now, of course, we expect whoever wins to deliver. There is a packed inbox awaiting the next occupant of No10, not least leaving the EU by October 31.
But those who put their lives on the line for us have waited long enough to be taken seriously in Whitehall, and delivering on these commitments is a Day One priority.
As memories of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan begin to fade, it’s all too easy to forget about our Armed Forces.
We trust the next PM not to let that happen.
House of hell
THE long-awaited report into bullying and sexual harassment in Parliament makes for truly shocking reading.
It is clear that, more than 18 months after we lifted the lid on “Pestminster”, not much has changed.
There is plenty of blame to go round, but much of it lies at the door of the Speaker, John Bercow.
He has presided over a culture in which too many senior staff believe their actions will have no consequences.
A former High Court judge last year recommended that Bercow and other senior staff step aside to ensure the changes needed could be delivered.
He’s still there. And so is the problem.
STEPHEN Yaxley-Lennon isn’t a journalist. He’s a thug, an extremist, and he nearly collapsed a grooming gang trial.
A freedom fighter, a free speech campaigner? Rubbish. He’s a grandstanding idiot who stirs up anti-Muslim hatred in the sewers of social media.
As for his commitment to reporting, after he was sent down yesterday his supporters attacked reporters.
“Tommy” claims to speak for Britain.
But his intolerant, ugly vision for this great modern country isn’t one that we’ve got the slightest bit of interest in.
And the public have already given their verdict on him. After all, he stood for election earlier this year.
When he received a whopping two per cent of the vote — and lost his deposit.