Sir John Woodward - Bosham, Hampshire - has a letter in today's Daily Telegraph, writing:
"I really do not see the French coming to our aid with their aircraft carrier and her fixed-wing aircraft. With our land and air forces already over-committed in Afghanistan and Libya, with the defence budget still shrinking, our submarine force more than halved, our destroyer and frigate force halved, our carrier force more than halved in terms of deck availability and completely discarded in terms of fixed-wing assets – the answer appears to be that we can do precisely nothing other than accede to US pressure.
But surely the islanders’ wishes should be paramount? Surely they are more deserving of our continued support than the wretched citizens of Afghanistan and Libya? Surely, I and some 25,000 others did not fight a nasty little war for this?
Government – get your Coalition ass in gear."
When one looks at the nadir to which this country has sunk, courtesy of the ineptitude of our political elite, no doubt there are others who will be asking why they fought a bloody nasty big war 70 years ago!