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For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"

And, alas it would appear that he is no longer "Saviour of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot".

A profoundly depressing tale of quite what a ghastly place this country is turning into, courtesy of the Epsom local rag:

"Neighbours have launched an offensive over proposals to convert a £1.7million property in Ashtead into a guest house for relatives of servicemen wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq....about 100 local people objecting to the proposed alterations, which include fitting a wheelchair ramp. Their main complaint was that increased noise and traffic would "ruin the special character and appeal" of the private lane. Other criticisms were that the families "would not be welcome" and that their arrival could destroy the "unique charm" of multi-million pound properties".

A spokesbod from Mole Valley District Council hits the nail squarely on the head:

"The objectors clearly don't understand what it feels like to have your life changed in a second by a bomb blowing up in Basra."

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Blogger Newmania said... 12:54 pm

Love the quote I wrote about Kipling extensively years ago...Just read the last few actually and I do not agree with your view of the honours system.

Salutations  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:24 pm

Seemed apposite, I thought.

And salutations to you too. Rest assured readers are under no obligation to agree with me....  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:09 pm

Thank you for posting this. I'm disgusted. Don't these people realize that the young men and women of the armed forces out there in those hostile and uninviting countries are fighting for their country. They signed up for the services and are required to go where they are sent. Even if people don't approve of Britain's being in Iraq or Afghanistan, that does not take anything from the service being given by the members of the armed forces, or their bravery in unstable, dangerous situations.
And when they return to this country injured, they do not have discrete military hospitals. That's a disgrace too.
I applaud the idea of this guest house for their families.  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:14 pm

This is a sad story and is a good example of why the plannign laws do need to be changed to help reduce the influence of NIMBYism.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:46 pm

Anon/CU:

Indeed - it is the sheer indecency of the opposition that sticks in my craw. There are some truly worthless people out there.  



Anonymous Nomad said... 4:23 am

Maybe the next time there is a flood/explosion/landslip etc in the Epsom area members of the armed forces may perhaps feel that others elsewhere are more deserving of their services...  



Blogger Lord Straf-Bollinger said... 7:44 am

For goodness sake - these are servicemen, not ASBOs.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:27 am

Nomad - I make you right there.  



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