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what do you make of him and all of his series with gangs and now Afghanistan?
gangster and that dont think, "this guys not a hard man he's an actor who played a hardman in eastenders. dont patronise me." .... bang
but it was quite entertaining. It helped that he isn't a journalist as he asks the questions that you or I would ask and doesn't try and intellectualise the subject matter.
The Sky One series with the Royal Anglians in Helmand is brilliant. He was a good choice of presenter and he seems to do especially well when he's talking to the families back in the UK.
Lots if people on DiS will doubtless slag him off because they're convinced that the British Army are all murderers and so anything that doesn't directly correspond to the most recent Toynbee column must be abhorrent far right propaganda, but, there you go.
im glad to hear or read rather that from a DiSser
And i find many people from the army come back and are so arrogant. I'm also quite left wing and a pacifist.
Yet i find the Afghainstan programme extremely interesting and entertaining. It hasn't properly changed my views on the armed forces, but gives the audience a clearer insight on what is going on.
I knew very little of the ins and outs of everyday army life and to see it up close gives a more realistic idea of the war in Afghanistan then what the BBC, sky news or any other bullshit news station could show us.
You admit yourself further down the post that 'you knew very little about the ins and outs of everyday army life' so I wonder how you came to hold a negative view of the army in the first instance?
Disliking the armed forces simply because you're left wing seems a bit simplistic unless you're following some sort of linear thought process that 'war is bad therefore the people who we send to fight wars must be bad'.
and my brother is at sandhurst.
some of what other people i know/know of have done in the army seems so impossible to me i can help but respect them for it. even if a couple are borderline far-right nutcases.
with army people.
many i have met have been pricks, and stuck up going on about how they know everything because they were in the army. This meant i generally disliked them as i had only had bad experience with them. I'm hardly going to do a mass investigation to see if my impressions are truthful in every case.
i'm sure many of them are very nice people. And my opinion of them has definately gone up since i've been watching some of the programme.
i mentioned the left wing thing because of the right wing propoganda mentioned by yourself. It doesn't mean im left wing so i hate the army.
The fact i have had bad relations with army people isn't neccesarily linked to me being against war. Far from it. I sympathise greatly with soldiers and the job they do, something i don't think i could do myself.