On Wednesday we had a glorious sunny blue sky day, which was the ideal opportunity for a quick trip down Portsmouth, so that my grandson could get some pictures of the Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays. I of course took a camera but only my little Canon A570. The view is stupendous, unfortunately from a photographic standpoint having blue tinted glass is annoying. On this day the sun was shining directly into the front of the viewing levels so the glass was also flaring.
The following are a few snaps that I took both from outside and inside the Spinnaker.
Certainly makes you think. Trouble is I think it is nearer to the truth than we know.
‘The decision not to give permission for the Ushakov medal to be accepted was made in accordance with the current British rules on the acceptance of foreign awards and only after very careful consideration of all the information provided by the Russian Embassy.
‘However, it was found that this information did not show that the intended recipients had given specific service to Russia within the last five years as required by those rules.’
He goes on to explain that the government would reconsider any cases where it could be shown that the intended recipients had given service to Russia more recently.
Why bother to speak if all you can spout is the party line. “The Rules Are The Rules”. We have heard that time and time again. What we need to hear, from you Mr. Hague, is that the government has seen sense, has relented in this stupidly rigid stance and has decided to let the survivors collect these medals.
Change the bloody rules Mr Hague.
The rules were set by faceless bureaucrats, by people who did not have to face the conditions that the medal recipients had to face. Lets apply some common sense.
Anything less is just not acceptable.
Hague snubs Arctic Convoy Russian medal – News – Portsmouth News.