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    hulla baloo wrote:
    southy wrote:
    Shoong wrote:
    Shoong wrote:
    southy wrote:
    Shoong wrote:
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    Linesman wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    They're soldiers - I'm sure they've seen a lot worse.

    TBH I was more concerned about the security workers during the Jubilee celebrations who were forced to work and to sleep under a bridge by the Thames or else lose their benefits.
    They probably have seen worse, but that is no excuse for them to be treated not much better than the dossers on our streets.

    Have not read any reports about security workers being expected to sleep under a bridge by the Thames, and treat it with suspicion.
    It happened Lines but it was not Security that was sleeping under bridges, it was street cleaners bought in to clean up London on a Jubilee weekend, they had to do it or lose there benefits not even a meal was supplied.
    I did hear rumours of this, can you let us know the source of this info? A link to it would be good.
    It was on tv, radio, news papers even this one, internet, it was covered by all types of news media, its not a rumour it was publish fact in the media.
    No I meant it was a rumour for me I beg your pardon, because I had not seen anything about it.

    No link then, guess I'll just have to believe you unquestioningly again.
    btw, I love the fact that the media is unreliable when it is convenient for yourself but when it isn't it's somehow propaganda or is 'hacked'.
    It was in the Daily Nationals Papers, it was on the Radio and on Tv and also most Internet news at the time.
    Theres a fair bit about on FB and other sites like that one, go and research it and make up your own mind weather if it is true or not, I not here to tell you how you think, just pointing you in the right direction.
    So you still cant, wont or refuse to provide back up to the statements you make, and not for the 1st time, is becoming a regular occurence.
    .. what do you mean 'becoming'?

    It's always been so.

    This is the third time I have now put this challenge to southy - bet he just ignores it like the last two times.

    Here goes: -

    Here's my very easy challenge: -
    At 3:14pm Wed 18 Jul 12 you said: -
    “Was not a blunder Georgem it was a direct copy and paste from his works, check him up.”

    Now, if you were able to copy and paste ‘his works’ from the web as easily as that, you will be able to share with us all the URL for this website.

    That will clear up all this once and for all, won’t it?"
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Hampshire soldiers guarding Olympics sleep in car park

Troops guarding Olympics sleep in a car park

1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1PWRR) soldiers guarding the Olympics sleep in a car park

1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1PWRR) soldiers guarding the Olympics sleep in a car park

John Denham

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Reporter

WHILE foreign dignitaries are treated to a glitzy Buckingham Palace reception, complimentary luxury cars and their own private Olympic transport lane – this was the scene that greeted our Hampshire troops guarding London 2012.

Drafted in at the last minute amid a security fiasco, hundreds of members of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1PWRR) have been billeted in underground car parks, shopping centres and deserted warehouses.

Now a Hampshire MP is demanding an investigation into their treatment – which comes just months after the regiment – nicknamed the Tigers – returned from Afghanistan.

There they had spent a gruelling six months on the frontline and have now had their leave cancelled to step in at the Games.

These pictures, sent to the Daily Echo by a parent of one of the soldiers, show troops lined up on cramped military camp beds on the bottom floor of a multi-storey car park, where the rest of the floors are still being used. The Daily Echo understands that in some places that troops are staying, the soldiers have no access to electricity and are on Army rations.

Businesses and shops have stepped in to top up the food supply – offering half-price pizzas and fast food.

But Fiona Mason, 51, from Fair Oak , whose son Paul, 21, is serving with the Tigers, says the troops should be treated with more respect.

She added: “It’s absolutely disgusting. They were treated better in the desert.”

Last week the Daily Echo revealed how hundreds of Princess of Wales troops had been drafted in to guard some Olympic sites, including the beach volleyball at Horseguards Parade.

Some troops have been given passes to events in an attempt by organisers to fill empty seats.

But dad Simon Lynch- Garbett, 56, from Tenerife whose son James, 28, is staying in the Tower Bridge area with the regiment. says handing out a few free tickets does not make up for the way they have been treated.

He said: “They don’t even have access to electricity.

“They’ve spent months out there fighting for our country and this is the way they’re being treated. I understand they have got them some tickets – but that’s only because the seats are empty.”

Margaret Powell, 67, from Hill Head, who knows several of her son’s friends are staying in London with the Tigers during the Olympics , added: “They come back from Afghanistan and then they’re treated like second class citizens – prisoners are treated better.”

The conditions the soldiers are enduring are in stark contrast to the luxury that celebs and dignitaries will enjoy during the next two weeks.

Dozens of “superyachts” have lined up in London’s docks – turning it into a “mini Monaco” for the Games.

A-list celebrities and the mega-rich are staying on the luxurious cruisers to guarantee them front row seats for the Olympics.

Dignitaries from around the world were also treated to a glamorous reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen.

Reports also suggest they have been provided with chauffeur- driven BMWs to travel around in, using the speciallydesignated Olympic lanes that are out-of-bounds for normal drivers.

So far, 17,500 troops have been drafted in to provide security at the Games, after private security firm G4S admitted it did not have the manpower to fulfil its Olympic contract.

Southampton Itchen Labour MP John Denham, pictured, has called for a parliamentary investigation.

He said: “We know that the various select committees in the House of Commons are going to look at the problems with security contracts – as part of that wider investigation, I hope they also look into how the emergency deployment of troops was handled.”

“When the troops were put on standby, we were told that this was part of a contingency plan being put in place – if it was a contingency plan you have got to ask what plans did they make to accommodate the soldiers?

“Surely somebody should have been looking at it in advance to see what arrangements would be made for accommodation.”

The Army said it was doing all it could to make the experience more comfortable for troops – including sending round an ice cream van to the places where soldiers are staying.

A spokesman said: “Since the uplift in the military contribution we have been working hard to ensure that our armed forces, who are of course used to living in austere conditions on operations, are accommodated appropriately and as comfortable as possible, with access to sufficient rest and recreational facilities

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