I read the following article on facebook, and felt that it needed to be read by as many people as possible.

Operation Banner was the title of the insertion of British Troops into Northern Ireland, during the ‘Northern Ireland Troubles’ which most servicemen and women were drawn into from the 1960’s until the troops were pulled out over four decades later.

The article, written by Winker Watts gives a good description of what happened, the thoughts of the soldiers themselves, and how those troops are now being betrayed by those who sent them there.

Here it is:

Op Banner
Has Op Banner been forgotten, or is it just me, It was the longest conflict, in modern History
1969 to 2007, for 38 years it caused pain and sorrow, It took many lives, they had no tomorrow
The Army were there, from the start to the end, a thankless task, the divides we could not mend
Londonderry, Armagh, Ballykinler and Belfast, we stood tall and proud, we stood steadfast
It mattered not when you went, the cause was the same, to stop death and pain, it was never a game
The training was tough, the messing about was got rid, we all learnt a lot, from that village in Llyd
The ranges all varied but each one was designed, to educate your senses and to train your mind
When the targets came up, you then had to decide, is it a terrorist or a child on a ride
No sleep, constant shootings, bombings galore, the training intense, demanding and more
Urban or Rural, we all trained to do well, the tour was looming and it could be hell
The training then over, to Northern Ireland we deployed, Family left behind, the tears they could not hide
Kiss your loved ones goodbye and take a good look, if you see them again is it judgement or just luck
You arrive in NI and it soon becomes real, you need to be calm and have nerves of steel
The first patrol is always the most daunting, if you served before, the memories will come haunting
You hard target out the gates, expecting you might be dead, it takes time to work out, it was all in your head
We didn’t understand politics or why so much hate, you just want to survive and look after your mate
We went there to serve and to prevent loss of life, the Army was resolute, throughout trouble and strife
You could never relax, your nerves were always tested, for the whole of the tour, you never truly rested
Remember the bin lids or whistles as you went, to warn the IRA the message was sent
Kids on every corner, watching everything we did, the abuse and the hatred, that was never well hid
What kind of religion, would want another man dead, for what he believed in, or what he had said
Remember the riots, the petrol bombs and the din, how quickly they started, the bombs in the bin
Saracen or snatch, helis or by van, we deployed almost daily, every Soldier and man
The bombs were all mindless, their targets were all, they killed young and old, and children so small
The IRA were just cowards, who always bided their time, they killed without justice, or reason and rhyme
Our conditions were squalid, the bases were bad, comfort and sleep, were not to be had
They tell me its over, the troubles can wait, I don’t believe them, I have seen all the hate
A lot of good Soldiers, were killed at the start, we remember them still, we are never apart
The death toll kept rising, it went into hundreds later, their sacrifices, could not have been greater
We remember our heroes, we remember our dead, they wont be forgotten, they live on in our head
Their widows and children, though in grief and pain, I hope they find comfort, they died not in vain
The Army played their part, we were the best, in every aspect, we were better than the rest
Our Forces might have shrunk, much to the Government’s shame, but they can never get rid of our glorious name
If you served with us there, you should be filled with pride, we made a real difference, stood tall and did not hide
This poem is a reminder that, although the outcome is a mystery, the Army earned their place, in Op Banner history.
We have now been betrayed, the Government sold us out, Terrorists are MP,s , our Government need a clout
Without any rhyme or reason, they hang us out to dry, they should be charged with treason, we ask them now why?
We did our jobs well, it was never a game, I hope the Government, hangs their heads in shame
Winker Watts

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A note from Mr Bloggy:
Thanks Winker. This poem will awaken many memories to many people still being betrayed by the Government they loyally served.





How has this avoided the headlines?

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt confirmed to Sky News that there are currently 150 avoidable deaths weekly in the NHS.

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Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Just think about that figure.

Thats 7,800 deaths each year which were avoidable.

I think everybody was aware that there are problems with funding and services in our NHS, but to have 7,800 deaths annually which could have been avoided is just sickening.

How do people whose family member passed away in hospital ever know whether their loved one was a victim of these avoidable deaths or not? The fact that they know precisely how many deaths fall into this category tells us that surveys were carried out and so they know which deaths they were. Were the families of these patients informed that the death of their loved one was avoidable?

There is no excuse for these sort of figures when it comes to deaths which were avoidable. If the Health Secretary was aware of these details, then so was the Government, whom he represents as a Cabinet Minister.

This is therefore a list of questions which must be asked of the Prime Minister:

  • When was She made aware of this fact?
  • What action did She take?
  • When was the action taken?
  • When can we expect the avoidable death rate to be halted?
  • What investigations have been made?
  • What disciplinary measures have been taken?
  • Were the families of those whose deaths were avoidable been informed, and compensated?

Any recent Health Secretaries who were aware of this must have some disciplinary action taken against them. The very first role of a Health Secretary is to prevent unnecessary deaths in the NHS.

Somewhere heads must roll, as well as those 7,800 of the avoidable deaths each year!

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Rest In Peace, The 7,800 Unnecessary NHS Dead Of 2016


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I wrote a critical article about the lazy attitude of Tower Hamlets Council to recycling on The Thoughts of Mr Bloggy, one of my other blog sites a few months ago.

Sadly since then the situation has got considerably worse instead of better.

I went to the Rushmead One-Stop-Shop at 9.30am as I had been told to on my last visit, only to discover that these council run One-Stop-Shops are more Dead-Stop than One-Stop. They now do not hand out recycling sacks at all.

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Yes – that’s right, the Council’s own One-Stop-Shops throughout the borough now will not hand out recycling sacks.

Instead of being give my sacks, I was handed a sheet of A4 paper listing the qualifying criteria required to obtain recycling sacks.

Here it is:

recycling-schedule-lbthFrom this document, you can clearly see that:

  1. You can…

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DWP To Have Access To Claimants’ Internet History

Is Big Brother really coming, or is it already here?
This article tells us that the DWP will have access to know every website you have visited.
Imagine that.
They can follow my sites as much as they like, but some sites I just go on to do research for articles would also appear on this list even though I may not support that site’s opinions and/or contents.
Therefore this strikes me as a scarey prospect.
Could they say that as I can blog, I can get a job? (answer: not necessarily. I can blog when feeling able to – physically, and at my own pace, which is not within a working hours capability)
There must be many more questions to ask.
If this action is approved, not only could it result in false results, it would have disasterous consequences for many disabled people.
People do not support a site just by visiting it.
Beware – Big Brother Is Watching You!

Mr Bloggy.

Same Difference

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which is about to become law with virtually no opposition from MPs, gives a huge range of agencies, including the DWP, the right to see an individual’s entire internet browsing history.

Senior Executive Officers in Fraud and Error Services at the DWP will be able to see a list of every website claimants have visited in the past year, although the details will not include the individual pages that claimants have visited on a particular website.

Considering the large amount of benefit claimants who regularly visit Same Difference, we find this idea a very scary one. Considering the amount of articles we publish which say unpleasant things about the DWP and its policies, we are more than a little bit relieved to see that individual pages will not be revealed to them!

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London's East End Guard Dog


idea-store-whitechapelWhitechapel Idea Store

I was issued my first library card when I was four years old, in 1958, at what was then the Whitechapel Library, next to the west exit to Aldgate East Underground station.

Since those days, the original Whitechapel library has been closed down and was replaced with the Whitechapel Idea Store on Thursday 22nd September 2005, a supposedly ‘flag ship’ of Tower Hamlets library services. To me, this new building was a cold and impersonal box, run by it’s computers instead of people. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against change, just bad changes. I must be able to accept change, I am a blogger, after all.

Throughout all of these years, I can hardly remember a time when I have had to pay a fine for late return of the (what must be) thousands of items I…

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How many times have you been on the bus, hoping for a nice peaceful ride to your ultimate destimation, and it starts.

The bell which tells the driver that you would like to get off starts it’s one note musical solo.

“Stop ringing that f**king bell!”

Even as the doors are closing at the previous stop. the bell starts ringing as some impatient twat must always ring the bell before anyone else has a chance.

Now we all know that once the bell has been rung, the indicator boards around the bus show the ‘Bus Stopping’ sign. But even that isn’t enough, as within twenty seconds someone is bound to ring the blasted bell again.

And then the resident childus ignoramus has to have his go at ringing the bell. Then because he has, so must some other dickus kidus have a ring.

Then all of a sudden some wally who has had his head full of the music he has to share with everyone, (if they wanted to hear it or not, because his personal headphones aren’t working fully, because the music certainly isn’t personal to him) raises his head out of his telephone game, realises that this will be his stop, and rings that damn bell.

The bus stops, one dinging rabble debus making room for fresh one-note campanologists, and the whole routine starts again, and again, and again, for the whole journey. I really do feel sorry for the driver. It’s not surprising that some drivers have disconnected that bell!

When will TFL (Transport Favours Lug-oles) find a way to cancel out the bell after the first ring? It’s that simple!

Ding Ding!

“The bells, the bells, they deafen me!”