The nature of war is changing. We no longer send 50,000 men marching into a hail of machine gun fire. Pilotless drones are replacing many flying duties. Electronic surveillance is now a major weapon. However we will always have a need for ‘boots on the ground’ but it is of vital importance that the control of the British Forces is exclusively in British hands.
Howwever the British Armed forces now belong to the EU see 2016 – 003 How our soldiers can now be prosecuted.
There is a significant element within our Establishment who have complete contempt for our armed forces.
When he was president of the EU Romano Prodi said “there will be an EU army and only an EU army”. EuroCorps intends to take over and absorb the British Armed Forces. To this end the morale, capability and facilities of our armed forces are being steadily degraded by our own political elite. It will soon be at a point where the only option left will be to hand over our hollowed out armed forces to EuroCorps as they will incapable of operating on their own.
The Dunblane killings, by a known nutcase who the local gun club were forced to take as a member having refused him several times, is used as an excuse to disarm law abiding citizens. This is to prevent the possibility of an armed citizens uprising.
There is currently a dog fight going on between the French and Germans as to who will run EuroCorps.
“The world needs a Europe that is capable of deploying military missions”. Jose Manuel Barroso September 2012. Repeated by Junckter
The treatment of discharged military is to demoralise the armed forces Ex military should have first priority in suitable social housing. (not as the limbless ex soldier given a flat on the 7th floor). That is what the Military Covenant is about that our Gov is sidelining. Councils should be required to be pro-active in locating such ex soldiers with punitive penalties for the bureaucrats if they do not.
Soldiers are given food well below that of the standard given to prisoners.
5000 servicemen/women to be made redundant so the government can save the equivalent of three days membership fee that we give to the EU.
|MoD Spends More on Accountants Than Fighter Jets
However as Miliband signed the Lisbon Treaty the EU can conscript British youngsters into the proposed EU Army http://www.theeuroprobe.org/2013-013-how-the-lisbon-treaty-was-voted-through/
© Mick Greenhough 2012
22 veterans kill themselves every day. Over 9,000 veterans are homeless any given night. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/07/millions-of-soldiers-and-veterans-in-serious-trouble/ …
“The fact that 16 Labour MEPs voted in support of this report is outrageous.” Dr Liam Fox
From the report in the Sunday Telegraph this week it would seem that Sgt. Nightingale was invalided home from Iraq and was not aware of how his kit was packed and returned to the UK. His kit remained unpacked until the police searched his house and found the weapon.
Five EU countries call for new military ‘structure’
Today @ 09:26
Military chief: EU becoming ‘marginal’ in Asia-centric world
Military spending: EU dwarf shrinks as US gets bigger
EU countries to reduce dependence on US military
By Andrew Rettman
BRUSSELS – Five leading EU countries, but not the UK, have said the Union needs a new military “structure” to manage overseas operations.
The foreign and defence ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain issued the call in a joint communique after a meeting in Paris on Thursday (15 November).
The paper said: “We are convinced that the EU must set up, within a framework yet to-be-defined, true civilian-military structures to plan and conduct missions and operations.”
It added: “We should show preparedness to hold available, train, deploy and sustain in theatre the necessary civilian and military means.”
It listed a number of EU military priorities for the coming years: helping Somalia to fight Islamists and pirates; “a possible training mission to support the Malian armed forces” in reconquering north Mali; “assistance to support the new Libyan authorities” against Islamist militias; “normalisation” of the Western Balkans; “conflict resolution” in Georgia; and police training in Afghanistan.
The communique also called for more “pooling and sharing” of EU defence hardware in the context of crisis-related budget cuts.
It identified “space, ballistic-missile defence, drones, air-to-air refuelling, airlift capacities, medical support to operations [and] software defined radio” as “high added-value” areas for pooling.
The reference to new “civilian-military structures” comes after the UK last year blocked the creation of a new operational headquarters (OHQ) in Brussels for EU military operations.
Britain’s Telegraph newspaper earlier this week cited a “senior French source” as saying that EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton supports the idea of an OHQ, which will become a “ripe fruit” in the “long-term” as EU military operations multiply.
Ashton officials denied the report.
But the UK’s role in future EU defence reforms was a big topic at the Paris meeting.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius noted the UK can join the group-of-five at any time: “The text which we have developed is open to all of our colleagues, especially Great Britain.”
French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the communique is designed to “create a movement” ahead of an EU summit on defence in 2013.
For his part, Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski said: “If the EU wants to become a superpower, and Poland supports this, then we must have the capability to exert influence in our neighbourhood … Sometimes we must use force to back our diplomacy.”
He also called for an “ambitious” EU budget for 2014 to 2020 to help with defence co-ordination.
Speaking in a separate interview in British paper The Times also on Thursday, Sikorski criticised British “nostalgia” for its past colonial greatness as a reason why it is pulling back from EU integration and why it wants to cut the EU budget.
He touched on historic sensitivities by describing the EU budget as a kind of “Marshall plan.” He said Poland and other former-Communist-controlled EU countries missed out on the plan – a massive injection of US money to help rebuild Europe after World War II – because UK and US leaders at a
summit in Yalta in 1945 gave the Soviet Union control of eastern Europe.
“We fought Hitler alone, giving you [the UK] valuable time to prepare for fighting. But we did not enjoy freedom after World War II … Because of Yalta, we could not benefit from [the Marshall plan]. European cohesion funds are our Marshall plan for catching up with Europe,” he said.
I have little doubt that we are now being governed by another Chamberlain – except that even Chamberlain, in the last year or two did put in place rearmament that proved vital to winning the war. This lot seem determined to lose it without even pretending to fight.
From: Kathleen Garner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Idris Francis <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: How we are being made defenceless against the EU takeover
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:29:51 +0000
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Is the sudden and unannounced removal of our troops from Germany part of this?
Or are they being brought home to deal with potential riots?
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:20:09 +0000
Subject: How we are being made defenceless against the EU takeover
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- Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:03:29 -0000
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- Since 2005 I have been telling people of Eurogendfor the EU’s Military Police Force based in Vincenza, Italy, whose remit is to be a rapid reaction force to ‘help’ national police forces quell social unrest anywhere in the EU. Now 8 years later we see the plan unfolding, as our police and army are weakened by the death of a thousand cuts, to make way for fascist totalitarianism. J
- The End of British Forces Is In Sight!
- Guy Leven-Torres
- 6th March 2013
- A very reliable source tells me that the British armed services are being dismantled. With the ”laying up of MBTs” Main Battle Tanks, any potential British Army capable of fighting any kind of European war is now impossible.
- German soldiers, French soldiers, and private EU funded mercenary armies are the order of the day. Greece has signed up to an American corporation to defend Greece if the populace dare to rebel. Britain has to be fully disarmed to ensure that the Euro-Soviet is supreme. Britain’s Challengers will be scrapped as has our Navy and RAF. Be under no illusions about this, we are now defenceless.
- Same-sex marriage is to be the moral standard by which we are to live in contractual relations and heterosexuality to become a perversion with Christianity outlawed. The populace has but two choices of ”faith”- Atheism or Islam. Funding and political support for the latter is to be exponentially increased with many more mosques and community centres. Sharia is to be fully implemented within 3 to 5 years in an arrangement with the OIC or Organisation Islamic Cooperation and Baroness Morsi has been appointed Britain’s Ambassador to OIC to apply for ”Affiliate Status”, with a view to becoming a full member within five years as the new Islamic regime in the UK and Europe takes hold. The areas under Moslem control in the UK and within Europe will be officially declared Islamic areas, pubs closed, churches and Christianity forbidden. Our own Parliament has but 2 to 5 years left. This is going to happen…..and is happening now.
- Ashley Mote was raided this morning and sources tell me further raids and arrests are to follow. This will include several Nationalist MEPs and MPs seen as ”problematic” to the ”abolition of the former territorial entity known as the United Kingdom”. Scotland will leave the UK in 2015, whether its people desire it or not. Wales will revert to a Principality and obtain separate status under EU. Other regions in England will have their own ”rump assemblies”.
- Eurogendfor is to be expanded to support the coming Euro-Army.
- This is not a fantasy but fact.
- End of message….
- From Anne Palmer:
- A European army would be a military force, supported and financed by the EU member states, acting directly under the authority of the European Union. Its aim would be to ensure collective security to Member States at the hands of interference by a Great Power outside the EU. A European army has been long-desired by many of the EU member states. In 1948, the Western Union Defence Organization (WUDO) was created; it was the defence arm of the Western Union was the precursor to the Western European Union (WEU) and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In 1950, a plan called “The European Defense Community” was proposed, with the aim to form a pan-European defense force to protect European countries in case of conflict with USSR. The treaty was signed in 1952 but never went into effect. Since the fifties, many separate international forces revolving around the EU’s defence have been created.
- AND THIS BELOW
- STATE OF PLAY
- Despite many attempts and the deepening of a Common Security and Defence Policy, an EU army does not exist and military defence has remained the domain of nation states. The Treaty of Lisbon states in its article 42 that: “The common security and defence policy shall include the progressive framing of a common defence policy. This will lead to a common defence, when the European Council, acting unanimously, so decides.” Hence, a minimum number of member states can deepen integration within the EU, but the reluctant member states do not have to participate. On 20 February 2009, the European Parliament also voted in favour of the creation of Synchronized Armed Forces Europe (SAFE) as a first step towards a forming a true European military force. In 2012, an EU army still does not exist and does not seem to be a priority. There have however been a number of defence initiatives, peacekeeping operations and organizations established in the context of the European Union (EU).
- CURRENT DEBATE
- The creation of an EU army has always been complicated. Member states usually do not want to give up their sovereignty and there is a lack of political will. Many forces already exist and out of the 27 EU member states, 21 are also members of NATO. An EU army does not appear as a necessity and can even spread confusion given the number of existing military forces and organizations. It could actually make the EU more coherent and unified, but the difficult of conciliating the interests of 27 countries. The nature of this army is also discussed: what would be its role? Peacekeeping or also offering humanitarian aid after natural disasters and famines? Besides, member states would contribute to the financing according to their means, but then, what about the leadership? In 2008 and 2009 the European Parliament voted with a large resolution proposing that Eurocorps (an independent military force composed of 60,000 troops that can be deployed for various missions) should become the standing army of the EU, under EU command. France, United Kingdom and Germany support the creation of an EU army.
- FEDERALIST PERSPECTIVE & PROPOSAL
- The federalists support the creation of an EU army. They think that Europe should have its army to conduct military operations and seize the opportunity to increase added value in European defence and to guarantee Europe’s strategic autonomy. They welcomed “the provisions on structured cooperation by a group of Member States, in order to forge, inter alia, a common defence, including the pooling of military spending and the incremental integration of their defence capabilities, which should be put at the permanent disposal of the UN, and to bestow on them a permanent seat in the UN Security Council”. They are in favour of pooling and sharing of military capabilities, to reduce the costs and to unite the European Union.
- About Common Security and Defence Policy, Council of the European Union website: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/eeas/security-defence
- “UK defence minister supports EU army”, EU Observer, 27 October 2008: http://euobserver.com/13/27000
- “Germany speaks out in favour of European army”, EU Observer, 8 February 2010: http://euobserver.com/9/29426
- “Eurocorps: future European army or missed attempt?”, The New Federalists, 13 July 2008: http://www.thenewfederalist.eu/Eurocorps-future-European-army-or-missed-attempt
- “European Army: De Gaulle’s Alternative”, The Magazine US: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,817685,00.html
- Treaty between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the French Republic for Defence and Security Cooperation: http://www.fco.gov.uk/resources/en/pdf/3706546/3892733/21824849/TrFrance1.2010DefenceSec
- “Making the European Union Capable for Action”, Union of European Federalists, 28 March 2010: http://www.federalists.eu/uef/news/making-the-european-union-capable-for-action/
- “Resolution on European External Action Service”, Union of European Federalists, 28 March 2010:http://www.federalists.eu/uef/news/resolution-on-foreign-security-and-defence-policy/
- “The Franco-British Defence Deal: A first move towards a European Army?”, federalists.cafebabel.com , 4 November 2010: http://federalists.cafebabel.com/en/post/2010/11/04/The-Franco-British-Defence-Deal%3A-A-first-move-towards-a-European-Army
- “Towards a European Army”, The New Federalist, 21 July 2007: http://www.thenewfederalist.eu/Towards-a-European-army
- Now the EU has admitted it will have an
- EU Army UK policy re EU army
UK Parliament 12 European Defence Agency
- UK Parliament. European Scrutiny Committee 25th Report 19 Dec 2012 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmeuleg/86xxv/8602.htm
- EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY (E D A)
- Vacancy notice EDA/2013/108a (Agency’s Seconded National Expert)
- EU Armed Force
This very short video is a year old, but even so you may not have seen it before and it is well worth watching
It is an ‘Advert’ for the creation of the EU’s own armed forces. I was on the Security and Defence Committee from 2004 to 2009 and I warned that the EU was doing this by means of a Common Procurement Policy, Common Command and Control Structures and Common Communications Systems; and pulling it all together under the auspices of using it for ‘humanitarian’ actions.
The Treaty on European Union (Maastricht 1992) made it plane that the EU was to have its own Security and Defence Policy, leading to a ‘Common Defence’. Most reasonable people would interpret ‘common defence’ to mean common armed forces. The Lisbon Treaty of course estbalished the EU’s own Foreign Policy with its own ‘Foreign Minister’. Foreign policy is of course ulmtimately useless without armed forces to back it up.
Dutch soldiers to be under the command of a German officer
Thursday 12 June 2014
The Dutch Air Manoeuvre Brigade is being fused with a similar German unit and falls under German command from Thursday.
It is the first time a Dutch and a German military unit have been combined, bringing the Dutch soldiers under the command of a German major-general.
Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and her German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen will attend the integration ceremony on Thursday afternoon at the headquarters of the German division in Stadtallendorf.
‘The objective is for the Netherlands and Germany to have a well-integrated unit by 2018 that can be rapidly deployed anywhere in the world, as long as both countries agree,’ Hennis told the media.
‘It is a unique step and an important milestone in German-Dutch defence cooperation,’ she said.
According to defence expert Rob de Wijk of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, it is the first step towards a European army. ‘It goes much further than the cooperation we have seen so far,’ he told the Volkskrant.
The new brigade will consist of 8,000 German soldiers and 2,000 Dutch soldiers. The Dutch brigade will remain at its bases in Schaarsbergen and Assen.
– See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/06/dutch_soldiers_to_be_under_the.php#sthash.jlolGoMl.dpuf
Army veteran left homeless after council officials did not make him housing list priority as he is ‘not a drunk or drug addict’
Matthew Dennis served in army for nine years becoming Lance Corporal
But he lost his job after his company in Dorset went into liquidation
Was evicted from flat in Bournemouth in Dorset and slept rough for 2 days
Mr Dennis asked the council for help but claims he was refused support
He was told ‘because he doesn’t have drink or drug problem not a priority’
Ex-serviceman is being temporarily housed by military charity
Under MOD covenant ex-servicemen and women should be given support
Council said it offered advice about supported housing, Mr Dennis denies
By CLAIRE CARTER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 13:58, 4 December 2014 | UPDATED: 22:24, 4 December 2014
An army veteran who served in Northern Ireland and Bosnia for almost 10 years and became homeless claims he was told he is not on a council’s ‘priority list’ because ‘he doesn’t have a drink or drug problem’.
Matthew Dennis, 39, has already been forced to sleep rough once and is now concerned he could end up having to sleep on the streets again.
The former Lance Corporal claims he was told by Bournemouth District Council that as he does not have a drink or drug problem he is not on their ‘priority list’ for accommodation so has been left homeless.
In failing to find him a home the authority also is not following the armed forces covenant, which was introduced by the Ministry of Defence, to ensure service personnel are not disadvantaged by being in the army.
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Army veteran Matthew Dennis has been left homeless after he claims Bournemouth District Council said he was not on a priority list for housing in the area because he does not have a drink or drugs problem
Under the covenant authorities are required to give priority to help former service personnel find housing. Bournemouth District Council claimed this did not apply after veterans had been out of the army for five years – but the Ministry of Defence said there is no time limit on the covenant.
Mr Dennis said: ‘I do feel let down.’
‘I went to the council for help. They said since I don’t have any problems with drugs or alcohol, I am not a priority.’
Mr Dennis was evicted from his rented flat last week after losing his job as a kitchen fitter which he worked as since leaving the armed forces in 2000. He lost his job after the company went into liquidation.
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He is currently being put up in a bed and breakfast, at a cost of £95 a week – which is being paid for by Homes4Heroes.
David Wood, a co-ordinator for the charity said: ‘Matthew spent a few days sleeping rough before coming to us. He doesn’t know the benefits system. He has worked all his adult life and has served his country for nine years and this is the first time he has needed help.
‘At first a guy in the housing office said there was a place available but he had to go and check with his supervisor. When he came back 10 minutes later he was told he was not a priority case as he was not vulnerable.
‘There was no more assistance offered. I was disgusted.
Army veteran left homeless in Bournemouth speaks out
David Wood (left) from Homes4Heroes said Bournemouth District Council should help the ex-serviceman
David Wood (left) from Homes4Heroes said Bournemouth District Council should help the ex-serviceman
‘The Armed Forces Covenant outlines a duty of care our society owes our armed services, who have represented the country.
‘Part of that duty is to ensure they are a priority for housing when they are vulnerable, as they are when they are on the streets exposed to the elements and attacks by others.’
Mr Wood said the charity only has limited resources to pay to help ex-servicemen and women with housing.
He said he believes Bournemouth District Council should be following the Armed Forces Covenant to help the 39-year-old.
Mr Dennis claims he was told he was not a priority for housing by Bournemouth District Council
Mr Dennis claims he was told he was not a priority for housing by Bournemouth District Council
Bournemouth council claimed Mr Dennis was provided with advice and offered the option of applying for supported housing and refused, although he denies this, saying little useful information was provided.
Kelly Ansell, the council’s senior strategic housing manager, said the homeless were assessed on a case-by-case basis.
She said: ‘When specifically dealing with former HM Forces personnel our decisions take account of the military covenant and homelessness legislation which was applied in this case.
‘Mr Dennis has the right to request a review of the decision made and we would be happy to re-visit the discussion on his housing options with him.’
A spokesman for the council said the officer has considered vulnerability according to the homelessness legislation, and specifically considered whether the applicant is a ‘Vulnerable former members of the armed forces’.
They said he would not have been told he was not considered a priority because of a drink or drug problem.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2860748/Army-veteran-left-homeless-council-officials-did-not-make-housing-list-priority-not-drunk-drug-addict.html#ixzz3L05b66kN
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