Civil servants are being awarded the same campaign medals for serving in Afghanistan as soldiers risking their lives on the front line.Oh, FFS..!
Critics said it was 'offensive' that Ministry of Defence bureaucrats manning desks at the British HQ, Camp Bastion, are handed the Operational Service Medal which is also given to squaddies facing Taliban bullets and bombs.I’d say perhaps these civil servants could be shamed into not accepting them.
Until I read this:
Penpushers receive the honour from ministers at formal presentation ceremonies, which were introduced after protests that the medals were being posted to them in plastic bags.Not protests that maybe they shouldn’t have them in the first place, you’ll note. Protests that they weren’t being presented with enough ceremony…
One civil servant who recently returned from Afghanistan said: 'We are not on the front line facing the Taliban, but could be blown to pieces at any time. I shall wear my medal with pride inside and outside the office.'I don’t think you have the slightest idea what ‘pride’ really means…
As Quiet Man puts it:
"There are some things that irritate, there are a few things that annoy and there are some things that get the red mist in front of the eyes."