Tonight it is raining and bitterly cold. I can hear our brave boys practising with their artilliary on the West Lulworth ranges. Out in the dark and cold. Shortly, no doubt they will be off the Afganistan firing for real.
The government has just ordered another 22 Chinook helicopters to be delivered over the next three years. No sight of a quick exit from Afganistan then? Oh and I thought our lads had all the helicopters they needed anyway. Or so we were recently told.
To pay for these there will be cuts elsewhere, less fighter aircraft, less training. Lets hope that Gordon doesn't decide to have a fight with anyone with an airforce, or we (or rather other lads, like the ones in Lulworth tonight) will really be in trouble.