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Post by AnKesunyansKeltek » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:38 pm


Fought to a standstill in Ireland twenty years ago and currently about
to 'cut and run' from Iraq the British Army is now coming under fire
closer to home.

Already in difficulties following the decision at the annual conference
of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) to oppose armed forces
recruitment in schools and colleges the British Army has received
a further setback following the formation of a students group to oppose

Students from St Andrews in Glasgow and Edinburgh's Boroughmuir High
School have formed School Students Against War (SSAW) this week to
launch a campaign to stop the army targeting children as young as

The young people have already gone on the offensive. Patrick Orr,
a 5th year student at Edinburgh's Boroughmuir High School, led a recent
picket against recruitment by the air cadets in his school, and believes
the SSAW movement will keep growing. He said: "There's a strength
of feeling among parents and teachers about this too."

Meanwhile 14 year old Lorna McKinnon, a pupil at Bellahouston Academy
in Glasgow, said: "I thought school was the one place you could get
away from the horror of the Iraq war, so I was shocked to go into
the playground one day and see a helicopter and 20 army guys trying
to recruit us. This was without my or my parents' permission, and
I had no choice but to listen ... but they won't get me."

The stand taken by the EIS at its July conference has stimulated a
wider debate on the issue. The SNP MSP, Christine Grahame, a former
teacher who has campaigned against army recruitment in schools, shares
the EIS belief that pupils in deprived areas have been targeted. She
discovered that Govan High School in Glasgow received 14 regimental
visits in one year. She said: "I'm delighted schoolchildren are taking
up the campaign and I'd encourage schools to get involved. The army
admitted to me in a letter it had been proactively recruiting, which
is entirely inappropriate. One has to suspect it's because more soldiers
are leaving than joining. Recruitment is in crisis, for obvious reasons."

It is not simply in Scotland that there is a ground swell of opposition
to Army recruitment. As we reported in January of this year similar
sentiments to those now being articulated in Scotland were aired in
Wales by Plaid Cymru.

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Post by Joaniewillett » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:10 pm

Crazy isn't it, the only work related organisation that actively recruits children is one where potential employees stand quite a good chance of getting killed.

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Post by Joaniewillett » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:29 pm

I mean, isn't this technically incitement to kill, or grooming of young people to commit violent anti social acts, or deploy bombs or something? Someone should like, prosecute. I'm sure there's some sort of proviso's under the terrorism act.

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Post by Laghyades » Tue Nov 06, 2007 3:20 am

There'll always be an England ...

While there's various Celts to fight her battles for her;

While there's mugs to be sent like lambs to the bloody slaughter by incompetent and self-agrandising politicians;

While there's Cornish men and women who have to enlist in order to have a rat's arse of a chance to get halfway decent accomodation;

No bloodshed without representation. Let's see an Assembly now.

And before anyone goes off on the wrong track, let me be very clear here :

Servicemen :-)
Politicians, aristocracy, and other parasites that be :-x

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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:26 am

And what about attempts to insinuate military matters into Cornwall's Higher Education establishments by


Peter Castell of C.U.C. (Exeter University in Cornwall)

C.U.C./C.A.D.I. Collaboration

C.A.D.I.'s Suited Dealers in Death and Destruction.

Oh,and lurking in Bodelva Pit...

Goodbye 'Green Peninsula'?...again?

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Post by Coady » Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:15 pm

I suspect it's more that squaddie's pay is rubbish, and that officer training is too hard and disciplined for most students.

...Besides, the army isn't that interested in people with degrees in Media Studies, Surfboard Technology, Sociology, Sport Massage etc.etc.
:-D :-D :lol: 8-)
We live in interesting times!

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Post by Grum » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:12 pm

What's wrong with courting Glasweigans for service at 14?

The life expectancy isn't much past 40 in many areas if they stay :-(

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Post by Cornishnobody » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:15 am

Anyone who joins the armed forces of the British state must be mad ! Treated like shit when they no longer of any use and discarded. Disarmament is the only way.

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