Penny pincher kick in the teeth

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It is an outrage that thousands of paratroopers face a pay cut up to 10 per cent. This desperate attempt by the MoD to save more money is a terrible body-blow to our brave soldiers, including some just returned from Afghanistan.

Chopping the Para Pay bonus may save £4m-plus a year but many paras take home little more than £1,000 a month. Losing £180 a month will hit them hard. And they already face a two-year pay freeze and possible redundancies.

The morale of our soldiers who are prepared to pay the ultimate price is touching rock bottom. They deserve respect, thanks and a decent wage - not a kick in the teeth by short-sighted penny pinchers.

Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorks and North Lincs