Chief Petty Officer Foster had been given permission to contest the North Portsmouth by-election, and his appearance on public platforms after he had decided not to stand was due to a local misunderstanding of the Regulations. This mistake has been corrected, and steps are being taken to prevent its recurrence elsewhere.
Would it not be a good thing to amend this Regulation so that members of the Forces can appear on public platforms when they are on leave and exercise their ordinary rights as citizens?
Why cannot petty officers and ordinary soldiers and sailors appear on public platforms? Are we not fighting this war for democracy? Why cannot we give them the privileges which ordinary citizens are entitled to?