'Afghanistan: A conspiracy of silence' (Independent on Sunday)

"We want to see more substantive engagement on defence issues from the parties," said Douglas Young, executive chairman of the British Armed Forces Federation, an independent staff association for service personnel. "Up to now, there have been too many airy-fairy platitudes and not enough substance."

The Independent on Sunday (18 Apr 2010) has a leading story by Brian Brady about 'A conspiracy of silence' amongst the three main parties about the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan:

An IoS poll shows 77 per cent of Britons want our forces to come home and a majority believe our presence makes UK streets less safe from terrorist attack. Yet all three parties are ducking this most critical issue.

The British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF) is self-barred by its own Constitution from taking a view on national strategic matters such as the Afghan operation.

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