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Fraud, Deceit And Death

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For the second week running a member of the “Question Time” audience, the parent of a serving soldier, has complained that they have had to pay for equipment for their son or daughter to take to Afghanistan.

Our Brave Boys

There can be no greater condemnation of the funding of our troops than this.  In the face of doublespeak and accounting tricks from the government, this is a true insight into reality.

The deception that Gordon Brown is running about defence spending would not pass the most provincial test for petty fraud.  He must be recalled by Chilcot to explain himself.  He must be cross examined, as a hostile witness, as if he had stolen a credit card.

We learn this grubby and sordid truth about our prime minister while our boys bleed to death into the soil of a foreign land.

Olympic Glory

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If you haven’t been moved by our outstanding success in Beijing then you have a heart of stone.  The commitment, dedication, pride and intensity demonstrated by our sportsmen and women is an example to us all – and that, of course, is the purpose of sport.

The most incisive fact behind all this is that in 1996 in Atlanta, Team GB won just one gold medal.  In 1997 lottery funding started.  Now, 11 years on, that investment has started to pay off and it seems self evident doesn’t it?  Our superstars who are now leading the world, were then just beginning their interest in sport.  We have provided  proper funding and they are repaying us in gold.

If international sport can replace war and if sporting success can inspire individual success in business, in education, in science and in society then we have a  model that deserves even greater support.  In itself it justifies the lottery whatever concerns one may have about government sponsored gambling.  Our sportsmen and women must now be guaranteed proper funding in future whatever source it comes from.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm