Johnson’s trumpeted funding for traumatised personnel exposed
Boris Johnson last night trumpeted funding for Afghanistan veterans of £5 million for mental health support for veterans of the UK’s two-decade deployment in Afghanistan, saying:
Just as they kept us safe, so we shall do right by our veterans.
The UK armed forces over the period consist of some 150,000 personnel. Johnson’s ‘doing right by our veterans’ equates to just £33.00 each – a gross insult for veterans who suffered life-changing injuries, lost friends and comrades, saw horrors and are struggling to adjust to life afterward.
As ever, the vast majority of the media parrot Johnson’s numbers and assume people will be fooled by a number with ‘million’ at the end of it. And as ever, the reality is the merest pittance compared to the scale of the need.
Just as with front-line and key workers during the pandemic, whom the Tories clapped and praised – and then slapped in the face with a 1% pay rise – Johnson and his drones don’t give a flying fig for the people who sacrifice for this country, as long as they can squeeze a bit of PR out of them.
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