Dr Alf should know that this is par for the course.
50% of our rough sleepers are ex-forces personnel, although SSAFFA and the MOD would tell you that the figure is lower.
The UK is one of the worst countries in the world at looking after its armed forces and their relatives and loved ones and local authority apparatchiks are the worst at helping our injured and maimed fighting men get onto the housing ladder, preferring instead to allow our people to rot in the gutter or under Waterloo Bridge, while benefit recipients and the undeserving get what they need.
As for our military being to small, it is now incapable of projecting power, defending our sea lanes or war-fighting at scale.
If it is to remain this small, we should become an independent, neutral tax-haven and supplement our forces with robots, drones and automated stealth weapons.
If we aspire to “punch above our weight” and whatever jingoistic nonsense politicians like to spout, then we need a Tri-Forces of 250,000, aircraft carriers with aircraft, scalar weapons and thermobaric bombs with fast heavy bombers able to deliver them.
We have to choose one or the other and cut the size of the civil service and local authority headcount whilst merging county councils,constabularies and fire commands to 15 of each as the way to pay for better defense.
We have a duty of blood and honor to our fighting men and woman which the Government and local authorities needs to honor in full.