This blog was created as a result of the author feeling immensely frustrated at the poor level of defence reporting across the media. This is in turn led to regular posts on sites like ARRSE, where many popular misconceptions came up that were debated at length. The author felt that too often, several well-worn subjects were discussed, and that the same arguments cropped up again and again.
As such, this blog was born – its original aim was to provide a home to deeper articles on a range of issues which are of interest to the Defence community, and to try to correct misunderstandings on some issues. It also seeks, where appropriate to try to use these articles to put across a different perspective to the one often adopted in the press.
The author tries to put together a collection of articles which can vary in style, length and content. Broadly though they try to reflect an issue, look at it from a perspective that may not be immediately obvious, or which may not get the same level of comments as other more popular narratives.
As the blog has evolved, and different types of articles trialled, the following have become wider aims – the list below summarises what the current aims of this site are:
The aim of the Thin Pinstriped Line is to provide high quality and non-partisan written analysis on relevant defence matters of interest to the author.
For the last few weeks, and certainly for at least the next two-three weeks, the ability to do multiple updates is limited due to the author having a very busy real life. However, the intent is to try to update this site at least once per week – the author feels it is better to do one good update on a regular basis, than several poor ones on a frequent basis.
When leave, weekends and spare time permits, then more frequent articles will be posted – it really depends on how busy the author is, and what is going on in the world of Defence. Right now, in the lull before the PR12 storm, the headlines have been relatively quiet, and there has been little to catch his eyes that he feels qualified to comment on. Who knows what could change over the next few weeks.
It has been a personal challenge to write this blog, and the author has been very appreciative of the warm comments he’s received by email, Facebook or in person. Thank you for taking the time to read this site, and please continue to offer feedback and comments – they are hugely appreciated.
One last thing – as an author, Humphrey