Martin the Martian wrote:Lecture us as much as you like, Bob, but do not tell me which charities I should or should not support. I will pay money to whatever charity I damn well like, and I remind you that the charity RIAT supports is one for the likes of those who give you the freedom you enjoy.
The way they spend their money is here http://www.airtattoo.com/RAF-Charitable-Trust/The-Trust/How-the-money-is-spent
Cynically, one might say that keeping social facilities at airbases up to date was the responsibility of the RAF as an employer. I would have to spend quite a lot of money to rent or buy a micro-light for myself (two are in there) - no charitable trust will do that for me.
Activities for air cadets - good stuff, I guess, but why do they have to sign up to the military to do these - the youth facilities across the country are being wiped out the current austerity.
Support for "the likes of those who give you the freedom you enjoy" appears to be limited to £30,000 for combat stress and £53,925 for the RAFBF (Benevolent Fund) to convert a building.
Martin the Martian wrote:Thank you also for teaching us to such eggs. We all know that that these aircraft are weapons delivery systems. Despite what you may think, that we are all knuckle-dragging neanderthals, we are aware of what goes in the world around us. We don't go around wringing our hands in horror at the unjustness of the world in general. Of course companies sponsor events when there's something in it for them. I doubt any commercial operation, in any industry, is that altruistic.
I am not sorry for trying make the unjustness of the world intrude upon your complacency. And I must ask why I should respect your opinions if you are aware of these things and do not care about them. We should be grateful that we were born on the right end of what BAe Systems and Lockheed Martin sell.
Martin the Martian wrote:And while I'm here, I'll also mention that your criticism of the air cadet movement is off the mark as well. It may be partially seen as a recruiting tool for the armed sewrvices, but it also gives plenty of teenagers opportunities to improve themselves and to experience things that they would not otherwise have an opportunity to do. In addition, plenty of people give lots of their time freely to make these things happen, without recompense, and recruitment is not top of their agenda.
Up to now, I have said nothing about the air cadet movement - I don't think - the competition to which I referred was, I think, run by BAe Systems only. Again, why are these opportunities only available via the military?
Martin the Martian wrote:I don't know what your game is, coming onto a forum such as this and basically telling us we're all ignorant warmongers, but if you wanted a reaction, I guess you've got one. Now push off, and allow us to enjoy our interests in peace, as you do yours.
i'm on here responding to the sarcastic questions of the initial postings. As a protestor, my game is to tell you why I think you shouldn't support warmongering(?) via these air shows. I don't think you are ignorant, which why I think you might respond to my thoughts. Why should I leave you warmongers in peace? It's an old saying "Do as you would be done by".