The ceremony commences:
Will you, Paratrooper Bloggs take this man Marine Commando Crabbs as your lifetime partner in drunken mischief-making, punch-ups and making war? (Oh! Right! Take that 'Foxtrot Oscar' as a no, shall I?)
Apparently, the Top Brass, under pressure from the Treasury, have decreed that the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Marine Commandos must be merged - well, not exactly merged but moved together to form a new combined formation. We are assured that this will make a new and formidable fighting unit but most important of all - it will save money - yeeeeeees, quite!
Actually, it is not such a bad idea. During the Falklands war the two formations worked well together and achieved their objectives not least because they are of similar ilk. In fact, the whole subject of Britain's defence arrangements needs to be thought through very carefully and analytically. We are no longer a world power and shortly we will not be much of a European power either so the question needs to be asked - what, exactly and precisely, are our armed forced for?
Answers on a postcard, please!