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sparty7200
04-10-2007, 09:18 AM
Just received this:... which was nice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Sparty

E-petition: response from the Prime Minister
The e-petition asking the Prime Minister to "continue funding for the Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team - The Red Arrows" is on-going. This is a response in advance of the closing date from the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Thank you for signing the petition on the No.10 website calling for the maintenance of the Red Arrows. It is a sign of the place they hold in the national affections that so many people have joined you in signing it - one of the highest numbers since the e-petition service began. That's why I wanted to reply personally. It's also why I am replying before the petition officially closes, in order to reassure people who are clearly concerned.

I am pleased to be able to give you good news. There are no plans to change the funding for the Red Arrows, let alone to disband them.

It is important, of course, that the MOD looks at the full range of its spending plans as part of its routine financial planning, to ensure that taxpayers' money is spent where our Armed Forces most need it. Obviously it is this review which prompted fears that the Red Arrows might be scrapped.

However, like you, the Government recognises just what an important role the Red Arrows play in our national life. As the world's premier aerobatic team, they have thrilled millions of spectators over many years. I was lucky enough to see their extraordinary skills myself only last year at the Farnborough Air Show.

More importantly, the Red Arrows have maintained public support for the Royal Air Force, encouraged recruitment, acted as ambassadors for Britain in the world and promoted British industry for many years. So I am pleased to assure you that this government fully intends to keep the Red Arrows flying.

Thank you for signing this petition, and I hope you get a chance to see the Red Arrows yourself soon.

Yours sincerely,
Tony Blair

sparty7200
04-10-2007, 09:18 AM
Just received this:... which was nice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Sparty

E-petition: response from the Prime Minister
The e-petition asking the Prime Minister to "continue funding for the Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team - The Red Arrows" is on-going. This is a response in advance of the closing date from the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Thank you for signing the petition on the No.10 website calling for the maintenance of the Red Arrows. It is a sign of the place they hold in the national affections that so many people have joined you in signing it - one of the highest numbers since the e-petition service began. That's why I wanted to reply personally. It's also why I am replying before the petition officially closes, in order to reassure people who are clearly concerned.

I am pleased to be able to give you good news. There are no plans to change the funding for the Red Arrows, let alone to disband them.

It is important, of course, that the MOD looks at the full range of its spending plans as part of its routine financial planning, to ensure that taxpayers' money is spent where our Armed Forces most need it. Obviously it is this review which prompted fears that the Red Arrows might be scrapped.

However, like you, the Government recognises just what an important role the Red Arrows play in our national life. As the world's premier aerobatic team, they have thrilled millions of spectators over many years. I was lucky enough to see their extraordinary skills myself only last year at the Farnborough Air Show.

More importantly, the Red Arrows have maintained public support for the Royal Air Force, encouraged recruitment, acted as ambassadors for Britain in the world and promoted British industry for many years. So I am pleased to assure you that this government fully intends to keep the Red Arrows flying.

Thank you for signing this petition, and I hope you get a chance to see the Red Arrows yourself soon.

Yours sincerely,
Tony Blair

stanford-ukded
04-10-2007, 09:25 AM
Bleedin' 'eck! Thank god I voted or they would have been scrapped!

*nod of the cap* to everyone who took the time to sign the petition!

Sandman_UK
04-10-2007, 10:12 AM
I got that email also, im pleased to hear that they realised the importance of the RED arrows for national pride and moral.

Of course I still worry about soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq that have to buy their own desert boots, so something needs to be sorted at the MOD and how they spend their budget.

mmitch10
04-10-2007, 10:17 AM
So you all got that e-mail? I thought I'd received a personal message from Tony!

KRISTORF
04-10-2007, 10:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">mmitch10 Posted Apr 10, 5:17 PM Hide Post
So you all got that e-mail? I thought I'd received a personal message from Tony! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

When does 'Our Tony' speak to the people who (mistakenly) made him a meglomaniac??

DeerHunterUK
04-10-2007, 10:39 AM
I received the email today as well. I'm glad and relieved that this great display team are not being disbanded.

Warrington_Wolf
04-10-2007, 03:02 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by KRISTORF:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">mmitch10 Posted Apr 10, 5:17 PM Hide Post
So you all got that e-mail? I thought I'd received a personal message from Tony! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

When does 'Our Tony' speak to the people who (mistakenly) made him a meglomaniac?? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I don't think Teflon Tony is a meglomaniac, I just think he is a tosser.

ploughman
04-11-2007, 04:20 AM
Doh, apologies for posting another thread on this subject.

x6BL_Brando
04-11-2007, 05:35 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I don't think Teflon Tony is a meglomaniac, I just think he is a tosser </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

But I expect he knows how to spell 'megalomaniac' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Great news about the Arrows - they visit our airspace every year to thrill the tourists & locals alike. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

B

Warrington_Wolf
04-11-2007, 02:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by x6BL_Brando:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I don't think Teflon Tony is a meglomaniac, I just think he is a tosser </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

But I expect he knows how to spell 'megalomaniac' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Great news about the Arrows - they visit our airspace every year to thrill the tourists & locals alike. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

B </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Bugger I didnt realise that I missed the A out. Thanks for the heads up.