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Secret fighting arts of the world.....

Suppose one was an MP, and one had the possibility to ask parliamentary questions. That would give ample scope for finding wrongs that needed to be righted, praising good deeds etc etc etc.

Willie Rennie, LD MP for Dunfermline (and the all important West Fife) seems to think he has hit the motherlode - the most shocking wrong, a crime that cries out to Heaven for vengeance - that the army discriminates against asthmatics. No, I am not making this up:

"To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will review the medical criteria for acceptance into the armed forces of people with asthma; if he will take steps to ensure that people with asthma are not automatically rejected upon application to the armed forces".

Responding for the government, Derek Twigg notes, "It is essential that all recruits to the armed forces are operationally effective, and the medical tests that they undergo on recruitment are designed to ensure this".

Well yes. I do not doubt that the Taliban would not be unduly intimidated by being wheezed at by the Green Howards.

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Anonymous Nomad said... 8:29 am

Twigg's reply immediately brought to mind that splendid scene from (I think!) Carry On Up The Khyber when as the Residence was about to be attacked the kilt-wearing squaddies all about-turned and bent over thus causing the terrified attackers (Taliban Mk I?)to flee in panic. Does the medical for Scottish regiments (if any such still remain) include not only anti-asthma checks, but also a requirement for large hairy buttocks? Such a might sight still cause the Taliban a worry or two, especially if accompanied by whisky and haggis-breath wheezing!  



Anonymous nomad said... 8:30 am

..sight might..  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:38 am

Sounds like a fine plan. While sniffing around in search of regimental names, I noted that there are some truly uninspired names in use now - and the Green Howards are now merely the Yorkshire Regiment, just as the Black Watch are now the Royal Regiment of Scotland.  



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