Just one or two thoughts about the RAF personnel being advised not to wear their uniforms in public because they have been receiving abuse from the public.
It seems that everybody is up-in-arms (sorry) about it and it’s comforting to know that the people can still get passionate about these hugely important affairs of globally epic proportions instead of wasting their time and efforts on the bothersome little issues such as climate change and global injustice.
To be fair, I do think it’s appalling that service personnel should be subjected to public harrassment but it’s probably been blown way out of proportion by the media. And our servicemen and women are trained to face the worst kinds of abuses so I’m sure they can handle a few cheap insults from a bunch of street idiots.
I suppose it does highlight the decline of respect in our society but then, the possession of a uniform doesn’t automatically signify a person deserving of respect. Anyway, why on earth would they want to wear their uniform when they’re off-duty. I’m not allowed to wear my uniform in public for obvious reasons of infection control but whether I am permitted to or not, I can’t wait to get the thing off when I’ve finished my shift.