Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Military covenant to be enshrined in law

On a visit to HMS Ark Royal, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged his support for the Armed Forces by announcing that the military covenant will be made law.

A description of what the Military Covenant

Under our previous administration the Covenant was abused. Reading the description it is easy to see how both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown ripped the heart out of our military. The hurt and pain they inflicted by their actions is indescribable, but despite that the British Military did its duty, stood up to the plate and without favour carried out its tasks, even in the face of some of the most horrific propositions.

Mr Cameron explained that the covenant, the state's responsibility to its Armed Forces, will be rewritten and enshrined in law for the first time.

The covenant is an informal understanding of the state's duty of care to its Armed Forces. Until now, it has been regarded as an obligation rather than a firm rule set out in legislation.

Yesterday, Mr Cameron declared that the new Government will underline its commitment to the Armed Forces by putting it into law.

A new covenant - which will include rights to prioritised NHS treatment, decent housing and education for Service families' children - is to be given legal force in a new Armed Services Bill.

Addressing sailors, Marines and airmen aboard Ark Royal, Mr Cameron said:

"It's time for us to rewrite the military covenant to make sure we are doing everything we can.

"Whether it's the schools you send your children to, whether it's the healthcare that you expect, whether it's the fact that there should be a decent military ward for anyone who gets injured.

"I want all these things refreshed and renewed and written down in a new military covenant that's written into the law of the land."

I can not applaud this enough, I have carried arms and stood under the flag of this fair isle. However Mr Cameron will NEVER get my full support until Dr Liam Fox is removed from office.

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