Newsletter – 29 August 2019
August 29, 2019 Newsletter
Wednesday saw the 40th anniversary of two of the most notorious events of the Northern Ireland Troubles. On 27 August 1979, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Queen's second cousin, and three others were killed after a bomb exploded on his fishing boat in County Sligo. A few hours later, two IRA bombs went off at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in County Down, killing 18 soldiers. It was the highest death toll suffered by the Army on a single day in NI.
In yet another blow to Army pay and retention, personnel with high-value pensions look set to be caught in a pension tax trap as an unintended consequence of the government’s crackdown on tax breaks to high earners which is now penalising staff much lower down the military hierarchy. Staff could face tax bills of five or six figures. If like us, you think this is unacceptable, make sure you tell your MP! We know they have other things on their mind but if nothing else, putting this right would be a welcome break from Brexit…
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Joke: The colonel
Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new Colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door.
Conscious of his new position, the Colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, General, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir."
Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"
"Nothing important, sir," the airman replied, "I'm just here to hook-up your telephone."
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