The Daily Mail reports that the Ministry of Defence is cutting its online letter service, known as E-Blueys, to save £1 million.
Praised by Prince Charles while Harry was serving in Afghanistan, the e-bluey is a vital means of staying in touch with loved ones back home when troops are deployed on operations.
Along with everyone else, I used e-bluey’s extensively in Afghanistan as a secure means of safely communicating with my family and friends but the MoD has scrapped the service saying that troops can use insecure wifi and social media instead. Of course, the Ministry maintains that ‘the security of our people is our foremost concern’.
Doing away with this excellent service while continuing to squander taxpayers money on fat cats and gravy trains serves to highlight, yet again, the deeply flawed thinking at the MoD.
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