2009
28.10

The Rochdale Observer
by Diane Leach
October 27, 2009

Supermarket staff allegedly refused to serve a woman after claiming her Help for Heroes charity wristband meant she supported the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beth Hoyle, of Whitworth, claims she was turned away from the tills at Asda in Dane Street, because the checkout operator objected to ‘what she was wearing’.

The ‘stunned’ mum-of-three said: “My hand instinctively went to the Celtic cross around my neck. But the young lad on the till said it wasn’t that, pointed to my Help for Heroes wristband and accused me of supporting the war. I told him it was nothing to do with the war, but about supporting our injured troops.”

Mrs Hoyle, whose brother is an ex-paratrooper, complained to a supervisor but was shocked to hear he backed his staff member’s approach.

She added: “I immediately complained to a supervisor, but he said the cashier was entitled to his opinion and it was his right not to serve me. I was disgusted.”

Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 to help the wounded servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The charity’s patrons include Johnson Beharry VC, General Sir Richard Dannatt and Andy McNab, as well as celebrities including Ross Kemp and James Blunt.

Go here to read the full story

2009
21.10

Battle for Britain – Published: 20 Oct 2009

A WAR to stop the BNP draping itself in the Union Flag and hijacking Britain’s proud military history for propaganda is launched today – backed by livid Forces chiefs.

myView:  Leader doesn’t get UK

By Andy McNab

“It wasn’t until I got in the British Army that I started to understand what it was all about.

There was selfless commitment, courage, discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect for others. These seem old-fashioned values but they are the very things that get a young soldier to get up, run through fire and pick up his injured friend.

When I think about Nick Griffin, it angers me that he is taking the British Army and is using it to his own ends.

Griffin talks about the battle for Britain.

Well let’s have a look at it. I don’t think he realises that some of those guys flying the Hurricanes and the Spitfires across London were Sikhs, Chinese, Poles.

That’s why we won the Battle of Britain and actually as a country that is why we are so good, because we have got such a good mix and Griffin doesn’t get that.”

“In my opinion there is nothing that is British about the BNP.”

Source: The Sun

2009
21.10

Nothing British launches Operation Stolen ValourAndy McNab and other war heroes speak out against the BNP

Nothing British launches today (Tuesday 20th October)  a campaign by veterans to reclaim the honour of Britain’s Armed Forces from the British National Party.

In an internet blitz of moving videos, a number of war heroes describe their anger that the BNP seeks to use the public’s warm feelings towards Britain’s military to promote the politics of racism and extremism. The veterans call on fellow ex-servicemen to sign their petition.

Go see the (general) campaign video here

Ex-SAS commando Andy McNab has told Nothing British “the British National Party and Nick Griffin have no values.”

McNab – an ex-Gulf War veteran and best-selling author – first got involved with Nothing British when he heard how the BNP were attempting to auction off books he had written to raise funds for Help for Heroes (a charity of which he is also a patron and donor). He accused Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, of exploiting the honour of Britain’s Armed Forces and demanded his books back.

In an exclusive to Nothing British, McNab, who was the highest decorated serving soldier in the British army, that he joined the forces to get out of trouble. “I joined up because I wanted to get out of the juvenile detention system”, says McNab.

“It wasn’t until I got into boy service ’til I realised what it was all about. There was a system of values that was constantly instilled in their soldiers. Selfless commitment. Courage. Discipline. Integrity. Loyalty. Respect for others. These are things that may seem as ‘old fashioned values’ but they are the very things that gets a young soldier to get up, run through fire and pick up his friend who is injured.”

McNab said that Nick Griffin’s exploitation of something that he “values a lot” made him very angry. The former SAS troop sergeant said points out how the freedoms we enjoy today can also be attributed to the thousands of Commonwealth troops who helped defend us during the Second World War.

The BNP’s “Battle of Britain” European election campaign drew heavily on the use of war time imagery, but the Bravo Two Zero hero draws attention to an obvious omission throughout the BNP’s revisionist history, namely the Polish and Commonwealth Air Crews who came to our rescue during our darkest hour of need. “That is why we won the Battle of Britain and as a country that is why we are so good because we have got such a good mix. And Nick Griffin doesn’t get that.”
Here is the video of Andy McNab speaking about the BNP:

2009
13.10

In one of our former posts about the Quick Reads releases on their 5th year anniversary you could read one of Andy’s books will be released too: ‘Last Night Another Soldier’. All anniversary books are available on World Book Day, 4 March 2010.

Synopsis:

Afghanistan, 2009. A Rifle section is halfway through their six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province. Sixteen men from their Battalion have already been killed. Forty-seven others have been wounded and flown back home. The last three months have been tough and it shows. Their kit is in a bad way. They are in a bad way. Young men with tans, scruffy beards, peeling noses and lips burnt raw by the Afghan sun.

Despite the hardships they are enjoying their time out here learning how to fight the Taleban. The lads are on their way to becoming the best soldiers in the Army. “Last Night Another Soldier” …is the story of four of the young men in this Rifle section, partly told from the point of view of eighteen-year-old squaddie, David ‘Briggsy’ Briggs.

Andy McNab's 'Last Night Another Soldier'

2009
13.10

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2009
10.10

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