The local media became aware that I had been called up and contacted the military authorities for comment. They issued a misleading statement which fuelled speculation that a new and more liberal policy had been adopted.
The resultant intense media interest clearly gave the MoD the jitters and it advised me that 'anyone can always declare personal reasons why they think they should not go, which will be sympathetically taken into account'. I refused to take the bait and was subsequently declared ineligible on health grounds. I remain convinced that had the media interest been less, I would have gone to the Gulf.
If discrimination can be suspended because there's a war on, then it can be suspended at any other time. Otherwise the armed services quite rightly stand accused of hypocrisy and double standards. There is no mitigation.
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