The furore over the decision to ban Metropolitan Police Officer from wearing badges supporting our troops was deftly managed by The Mets new Commissioner. In reversing the ruling Sir Paul Stephenson showed himself to be a real piece of work who has what his predecessor lacked: common sense.
The success of the charity Help for Heroes is that it has managed to separate whatever people think of the wars we send our troops to fight in from the admiration most people feel for our servicemen and women. The pleading of the Stop the War Coalition spokesman on this issue was truly pathetic. He tried to claim that allowing Policemen or any other public servant to wear a Help for Heroes badge is an act of political support for the war in Afghanistan. He might as well complain that the moving acts of respect by the people of Wootton Bassett are political actions in support of the war. I suppose I am a public servant and I wear my Help for Heroes wristband with pride.
Police Officers and the vast majority of people in Britain know that our troops need their support. Our troops also need to know that while many have legitimate concerns about our role in Afghanistan, the piteous bile of the Stop the War Coalition on the issue of support for our troops represents a minute and irrelevant section of society.