Fake News and Real News

We have heard and read a great deal recently about “fake news” and, as we ought not disappoint our readers, we have decided to report on last month’s press conference in  which a president announced his intention this year to use his most powerful missile to put a man on the sun.  This news was received in silence, a respectful silence, broken eventually by a foreign journalist brave enough to ask the question in everyone’s mind: “But Mr President, isn’t the sun too hot for that?”  To this, at the end of a long silence in which everyone’s blood froze, the president acknowledged the difficulty, but explained, “We shall land at night.”

And now for another piece of “fake news” that was not fake at all.  The British Ministry of Defence, asked to arrange the equivalent of a pizza in a pizzeria (or something as simple as that), the ceremonial unveiling of a memorial to those who died in the recent wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan, deemed most of the families of those killed unqualified to attend and allocated only 250 tickets for the few chosen.  The excuse given for this blatant disregard for the courtesies owed to bereaved parents, children and siblings, was that the Ministry had left the distribution to organisations that knew the bereaved families.  Why this was done, and who was responsible for this gross dereliction of duty, will remain a mystery.

Who in the Ministry exercised control?  Who in the Ministry considered the effect of such uncaring behaviour on the morale of the diminishing numbers of serving soldiers?

So what really happened?  “Oy, you lot, we’ve got 2,500 tickets for this event, and here’s a list of MoD staff who want to come, so just fill up the empty seats.”???  Pretty much how we were sent into Helmand, isn’t it?  Chaotic, unrelated to reality, and no controls.

Author: WF

Editor and Archivist for the Autonomous Research & Assessment Group (ARAG)

2 thoughts on “Fake News and Real News”

  1. hello i was a microlight engineer in the late 80s/early 90s at a bradford company named hornet microlights also working under another name of skylink systems , we built some of these dragoon aircraft 2 i believe for evaluation at boscombe down , i remember the armed aircraft well as we had to extend its central body spar to hang the milan reloads on and with its dark green kevlar pods it was an imposing little machine , we also built one with a camera under the engine which meant relocating its fuel tank but the camera could be lowered in flight and achieve the same purpose as a multi million pound police eurocopter and fully directional and a 360 degree view below the aircraft and fully gyro stabilised , very little was ever known about these little machines until i found your blog today so i figured i would write , as soon as i saw that photograph with the tornado f2 i recognised the machine i helped build and i went on to join the raf and work on those tornadoes afterwards

    1. Sorry for this late response — have been offline for a few days. Despite the splendid report from the MoD’s own test pilots, praising the Dragoon for its performance n several different roles, nothing could persuade the MoD that any more expensive aircraft, because it would be more expensive, must therefore be better and the British Army deserved the best.

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