- Queen's Speech to include a British Bill of Rights, to replace the Human Rights Act. (The Government's proposal to "bring forward a British Bill of Rights" has now been confirmed in the Queen's Speech; more to follow on this site)
- Nothing wrong in principle with a Bill of Rights, and many BAFF members share concerns about reported "human rights" excesses.
- Calls for reform often make a point of "protecting the armed forces", but the case for reform is not helped by confused or exaggerated claims.
- BAFF intends to encourage the fullest informed debate of the Bill of Rights' implications for armed forces personnel.
BAFF members and registered supporters please log in for details of our 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in October. The AGM business includes the election of a new Chairman, as the present chairman Douglas Young earlier informed the Executive Council that he will not be seeking re-election to this post. More below.
The General Election is over, but you can still vote for BAFF! We now have our very own, brand new, official Facebook page. If you have a FB account, please help by giving us a 'like'.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that over a three year period 2012-2014, 260 members of the armed forces tested positive for anabolic steroids as classified as Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Of those, only a tiny number (10) were allowed to continue serving. That's seven a month being booted out for taking steroids.
18 - Douglas Young was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield's Breakfast Show about National Service and the related subject of young people in trouble. Young did not think that conscription would be helpful to today's professional armed forces; compulsorily enlisting people in trouble would be undesirable for several reasons; but he had seen for himself how service in the armed forces had been the making of people; the forces were notable for offering social mobility. Young also spoke about the work of youth organisations in their communities, particularly the cadet forces which in his opinion had never been more impressive. Young people, including those from chaotic or difficult backgrounds, flourish in an environment with boundaries.