Self working as a security adviser for a media company as Basra was being “liberated” by British troops. 2003
For a good few years now I’ve been a patron of a British veterans’ charity, and today I wholeheartedly still support the great work that it does day in day out…however, I don’t necessarily agree with it.
Here’s why: The government sends us all to war, normally when the government and their diplomats fail in talks. Over the last twenty odd years now there has also been other reasons. One, to adhere to US foreign policy in order for the UK government to appear relevant on the global stage, and two, for our government to follow through on policies born out of big corporates greed. The latter being tied in to the former as the big corporates concerned are on the whole American. I’ve always referred to these wars as the “corporate wars.”
So what does this all have to do with veterans’ charities?
Well, right now the many many charities are fighting one another for monies coming in through the kindness of the public. The amount of monies coming in I have no doubt fluctuates in line with how the economy is doing. Bread on the table, let’s give to charity. No bread on the table, let’s not give to charity.
In my view it shouldn’t be down to the great British public to give a penny! That’s because every single veteran should be covered by the government. Yes I know only too well that government money is really our money, given up through taxes. Well in that case we should all have a say in just how it’s spent.
Today we still give millions of $$$$$$$ to foreign countries in the form of AID, yet our own government can’t look after our own people first and foremost. It stinks, it’s filthy, and the government should be completely ashamed today.
They should also be ashamed at dropping their pants to large corporates and US inept foreign policy born out of those large corporates, which also stinks and is filthy in equal measures.
“But we have no money to look after veterans”…the government keep saying.
Well how about this: Hold the large corporates to account for pushing these wars through lobbying for their favoured foreign policy…they can fork out a percentage annually to go towards veterans…getting them off the streets, getting them the medical treatment that they require, and getting them the training required for a working life…a secure working life…after their service! After all these large corporates have made billions from these wars.
To the few charities that are out there for the real reasons of looking after veterans…I take my hat off to you all. But in a major industrialized nation like the UK or even the USA…veterans’ charities should NOT have to exist.