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Summary of the week – 27 Jun 2010


Highlights from the past week: On Monday, I attended the beginning of Armed Forces Week in Wycombe. Budget statement on Tuesday by the Chancellor. I spoke in the debate receiving a warm reception from Prof. Kevin Dowd on the Institute for Economic Affairs’ blog. The first Cobden Centre Austrian School Seminar began at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Wednesday saw a major post-budget event by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and the IEA, followed by lunch with Secretary of State for Health, […]

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Armed Forces Week


Via Wycombe District Council: To recognise HM Armed Forces, the Armed Forces flag will be raised on the flagpole outside the Wycombe District Council offices at 10.30am on Monday 21 June. The flag will be left flying for the rest of the week. There will be a short parade involving representatives of local cadet, serving forces and veteran associations from the armed forces from across the Wycombe district. The Chairman of the Council, Cllr Bill Bendyshe Brown, will lead the […]

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Our Armed Forces manifesto


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I am pleased to see the launch of our armed forces manifesto: David Cameron and Dr Liam Fox have launched the Conservative Party’s Armed Forces Manifesto. “Our Forces sacrifice and risk so much to do their duty by us”, David Cameron said. “The least we can do in return is to do our duty by them.” “So if elected, a Conservative government will work from day one to improve the lives of everyone in our Forces. And it will work […]

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On the anniversary of Imjin River


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Today is the anniversary of one of the most extraordinary battles fought during the Cold War. The battle by the (Glorious) Gloucester Regiment against an entire Chinese army at the Imjin River was one of the most exceptional moments of the war against totalitarian socialism. So, please, if you are minded, do join me to remember what price people paid on all sides in the battle between freedom and state control. You can find a related video here. I will […]

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Remembrance Day, High Wycombe


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Today, High Wycombe remembered the fallen. The occasion was magnificently put together and very well attended. I would like to share with you two things from the service — a prayer and the second half of the second reading: Lord God our Father, we pledge ourselves to serve you and all humankind, in the cause of peace, for the relief of want and suffering, and for the praise of your name. Guide us by your spirit; give us wisdom; give […]

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Royal International Air Tattoo


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The weather was unsettled at the Royal International Air Tattoo today. Nevertheless, the aircrew achieved some fantastic flying in the murk, particularly the pilot of this Hornet, who displayed in awful weather. Of course, the Red Arrows were superb: Follow the link from the photos for more.

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Armed forces chiefs call for more troops and helicopters – Telegraph


General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army and Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of the Defence Staff, have called for more troops and helicopters in Afghanistan. Sir Jock said his forces needed as many helicopters as they could get and were “busting a gut” to draft more into service. His comments are likely to cause more discomfort for Gordon Brown who on Thursday faced a grilling from MPs on equipment and troops after the Defence Select Committee warned […]

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Holidays 4 Heroes


Via Holidays 4 Heroes, the armed forces show how to deliver “quick reaction welfare”: Holidays 4 Heroes is an informal group of people, including serving and retired personnel from all the UK Armed Forces and civilian supporters. We try to assist serving and former military personnel and their families, in a variety of ways that might otherwise fall outside the remit of the better-known Forces Charities. We work together through an Internet web-site used, mainly but certainly not exclusively, by […]

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Vulcan over Brize Norton


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Vulcan 13, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Work took me away from Brize Norton families’ day on Saturday, but I did catch the mighty Avro Vulcan XH558 back in the skies, which was a real pleasure.

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D-day Commemoration


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On a grey and showery day, skydivers at Weston on the Green commemorated D-day, not by skydiving, but by jumping static line at what for us is a low level: 3500ft. It makes you think. D-day Commemoration – Dornier G92, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Sport parachuting is relatively low risk, believe it or not. We go high with modern equipment: it works reliably and there is time to take the reserve if the main fails. No one is, or will […]

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