Solar panels: planning-2018/03/17*D*

After discussions with the supplier/installer of the panels and also with the Dutch community for house owners (VEH), which has set up the activity, we have made a master plan for placing the panels. The installer can have an other opinion, as he does not work with the measurements, but with satellite images of the house.

However we plan the following:


On the flat part of the roof, over the nett width of the house (5.60m – 19ft) 5 vertical panels  of each 1.0m width and 1.65m highth (3.3ft x 5.5ft).

Solar surface flat roof: 5.0m x 1.65m = 8.25 sqm (88.8 sqft)


The top roof construction on the right side is not very effective. On the left side of the window we have a usable top roof surface of 1.20m (4ft) width and 3.90m (13ft) highth. That implies 2 vertical panels, in total 1m width and 3.3m highth (3.3 ft x 11ft). Above the window there might be space for a horizontal panel, or the alternative 1 vertical panel on the right side of the window.

Solar surface top roof: 3.0m x 1.65m = 4.95 sqm (53.3 sqft)

Total solar surface 13.2 sqm (142.1 sqft)

British rapist-2018/03/17-UK

A British rapist who managed to stay out of the hands of the police for more than 30 years has been arrested after peeing in a neighbor’s plant pot. His urination immediately led to a DNA match.

Eric McKenna (59) raped two women in Newcastle between 1983 and 1988. The police have never been able to link the two rapes together, until the neighbors complained about McKenna. He had peed in their planter unasked. His DNA turned out to link the two rape cases. Why the police decided to do a DNA test remains a mystery for the time being.According to the regional police, the case is extremely unusual. “McKenna showed no remorse in the courtroom,” an officer told BBC, his gullible deed giving McKenna a 23-year prison sentence.

Spy poisoning-2018/03/17-UK

Moscow to expel 23 British diplomats after row over Russian involvement in spy poisoning


Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured at a meeting in St Petersburg on FridayRussia is to expel 23 British diplomats, close the British Council in Russia and withdraw permission for Britain to open general consulate in St Petersburg. The response follows the expulsion of 23 Russian ambassadors earlier this week after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Russia failed to respond to a deadline set by Theresa May for Moscow to explain whether it was behind the attack. The British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow was summoned for talks with the Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday morning. He was told 23 British diplomats must leave Moscow within a week. On Friday, Scotland Yard launched a murder investigation after announcing that a Russian businessman who was found dead at his south London home, had been strangled, sparking fears of a second Moscow sponsored attack on British soil. Nikolai Glushkov, 68, who was a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, was granted asylum in the UK after fleeing Russia in 2006. A former right-hand man of deceased oligarch, Boris Berezovsky, his death came just over a week after Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury. He was found dead on Monday by his daughter after failing to turn up to a hearing in the commercial courts in London. News of this latest murder investigation will further stoke fears that critics or enemies of Russia and its leader, are no longer safe on British soil. It came as Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, escalated the war of Moscow Kremlinwords with Russia, when he accused Vladimir Putin of personally ordering the nerve agent attack. He said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that the Russian President was behind the attempted murder, a claim described as “unpar-donable” by Mr Putin’s spokesman. Downing Street said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been invited to come to the UK to take a sample of the nerve agent used in Salisbury and the process is expected to begin “imminently”. A spokesman said the Prime Minister had been “kept informed” of developments but stressed that Mr Glushkov’s death was a police matter and that no direct link had been made with the Salisbury poisoning case. But Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, said the murder of Mr Glushkov appeared to “fit into a pattern” of violent deaths of enemies of Mr Putin. He said: “If there is a link between Mr Glushkov’s death and the Kremlin it will be further proof that we are dealing with essentially a rogue state which refuses to abide by international rules and has violated UN laws. “What has been going on is a deliberate attempt to settle Russian scores in the UK.” The former boss of the state airline, Aeroflot, Mr Glushkov had told friends he feared he was on a Kremlin hit-list. A former bodyguard, who worked for Sergei Skripal with his daughter YuliaMr Berezovsky, and knew Mr Glushkov well, said his death had all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored assassi-nation. The France based security expert, who asked to be identified only by his initials, RG, said: “I’m not at all surprised [that a murder investigation has been opened]. “You can easily choke someone in 10 seconds so that they fall into a comatose state and you can then continue strangling them without leaving any other marks on the body. It’s a technique they [the Russians] know well.” Mr Berezovsky was found hanged in the bathroom of his Surrey home in 2013, with the cause of death being put down to suicide. But suspicion has always surrounded the circumstances of his death, with many believing he was one of a number of Putin critics who were deliberately silenced.

Archbishop of Canterbury-2018/03/17-UK

Justin Welby on marrying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: ‘I mustn’t drop the rings’

Justin WelbyAs he prepares to officiate the wedding of the year in front of the watching world, even the Archbishop of Canterbury could be forgiven a few nerves. The Most Reverend Justin Welby has disclosed his biggest concerns ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: dropping the rings and forgetting the vows. The Archbishop, who has formed a close bond with the engaged couple as they prepare for their marriage, admitted he had made both mistakes in recent ceremonies, in a warm interview about the upcoming Royal wedding. The St George’s Chapel service at Windsor Castle will be conducted by the Dean Prince Harry and Meghan Markleof Windsor, the Rt Revd David Conner, with the Archbishop officiating their vows. Although he will have conducted countless ceremonies in his lifetime, wedding are not a regular part of his role as Archbishop of Canterbury. Asked how he was getting on with preparations for the Royal wedding, the Archbishop told ITV: “Unlike recent weddings, I must not drop the ring. And I must not forget to get the vows in the right order, as I did at the rehearsal for one of my children’s weddings. “You know, at the heart of it is two people who have fallen in love with each other, who are committing their lives to each other with the most beautiful words and profound thoughts, who do it in the presence of God. “Through Jesus Christ you pray for them to have the the strength to fulfill their vows and you seek to do it in a way that respects their integrity and Justin Welby, who will officiate at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Marklehonours their commitment.“ He added: “You just focus on the couple. It’s their day.” “You talk about what they want in the wedding, discuss it with the Dean of Windsor, it’s what you do for weddings, it’s just on an infinitely larger scale.” Asked what he could say about the baptism of Meghan Markle, which took place last week, he said: “Almost nothing at all! Except that it was very special. “It was beautiful, sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege.” In September, Archbishop Welby caused a moment of panic and amusement at the wedding of his director of communications Ailsa Anderson to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who marry on May 19journalist Simon Cole, dropping the bride’s ring during the ceremony. Mid-vows, he had remarked that he had been given only one ring, before realising one had slipped from his order of service and rolled away under a nearby chair. Shortly after the wedding, the new Mrs Anderson-Cole told the Sunday Telegraph said it had been “absolutely gorgeous” and the Archbishop “so kind”, despite his faux pas. In 2014, Archbishop Welby presided when his son Peter and his new wife Jen were married at Canterbury, and officiated at the wedding of his daughter Katharine to Mike Roberts months later.

Defence budget -201/03/17-UK

Prince Harry highlights defence budget ‘being shrunk’

Prince Harry has publicly raised the issue of cuts to Ministry of Defence budgets, as he visited to the home of Army aviation to present graduates with their wings.  The Prince, Prince Harry talks as he visits the Army Aviation Centre who flew Apache helicopters during his army service, said “budgets are being shrunk” in certain areas, as he urged a dozen pilots from the Army Air Corps to remember they are “the assets”. While he stopped short of explicit criticism, the comments, made in what appeared to be a heartfelt unscripted speech, highlighted the issue of cuts to a defence budget which senior military figures have warned is already “close to breaking”. In recent months there has been widespread speculation about further cuts to personnel and equipment owing to major pressure on the defence budget, alongside calls from MPs to increase spending to 3 per cent of GDP. Speaking at the Middle Wallop military base in Hampshire, Prince Harry told the 12 wings recipients, their families and senior military figures from the site: “You’re now going to end up flying some of the best aircraft that we have to offer. “In certain areas budgets are being shrunk, but essentially you guys are the assets, the aircraft is the asset and just don’t forget who you’re serving and who you’re supporting.” Lord West of Spithead, former First Sea Lord and Labour peer, said: “Any Royal ‘stands into danger’ when he makes comments that directly relate to political Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduates in front of an Apache helicopterissues. “I am delighted he is saying it because it is true.” “The Modernising Defence Programme instigated by Gavin Williamson will have to come up with more funding for defence.” Lord Campbell, defence spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, said: “It may not quite be a Royal command but it’s as close as you can get. “Servicemen and women at every level in the forces are well aware of the serious under-funding of the defence budget.” In January, it was reported that proposed options to fund saving in the defence budget, including cutting 11,000 personnel from the Army, up to seven Royal Navy frigates and as many as 100 helicopters, had been put on hold. It is not the first time Prince Harry has addressed potentially political matters in recent weeks. On Thursday, Prince Harry during a speech to a conference about veterans’ mental health, he told delegates: “In an ever-shrinking defence community where every man and woman counts, we must consider that mental health issues are the second highest cause of absence after muscular-skeletal injury.” The Prince graduated from Middle Wallop in 2010, picking up his own Wings from his father the Prince of Wales. In 2013, he qualified as an Apache helicopter commander, with his own commanding officer saying he passed with “flying colours”. On Friday, he wore a civilian suit with three medals pinned to his chest, including the Operation Herrick medal for his service in Afghanistan, as he delivered Prince Harry with the Army Air Corps graduateswords of wisdom to a new generation. Sergeant Ryan Nelson, 26, from County Durham, who was awarded two prizes at the graduation, said of the Royal visitor: “He’s really normal, a really down to earth guy, he doesn’t think of himself as anything special. “He was firing away little nuggets, little tips on how we could better ourselves as a pilot. “The best tip he gave me is that he told me about the fact that when he first got in the Apache he could barely get in, he didn’t know where to put his helmet, his monocle was in the wrong place, he was just in a general state of rag to be honest. “He was like ‘just expect that, if it does happen don’t be put off by it, it’s all progression. It will get hard at times but it’s all completely doable’.”

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Suitcase spy poisoning plot: nerve agent ‘was planted in luggage of Sergei Skripal’s daughter’

Yulia and Sergei Skripal

The nerve agent that poisoned the Russian spy Sergei Skripalwas planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she left Moscow, intelligence agencies now believe. Senior sources have told the Telegraph they are convinced the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in the luggage of Yulia Skripal, the double agent’s 33-year-old daughter. They are working on the theory that the toxin was impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift that was opened in his house in Salisbury, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father. At a public meeting on Thursday evening Paul Mills, deputy chief Constable of Wiltshire police, revealed 131 people could have potentially come into contact with the deadly nerve agent, and that they were being monitored by health authorities over the phone on a daily basis. He also said 46 people had attended hospital expressing concerns since the incident, and that cordons around areas where traces of the nerve agent had been found or could yet be found may remain in place for months. Col Skripal was convicted of spying for Britain in 2006 but came to the UK in 2010 in a spy swap. Counter terror police and MI5, hunting the would-be assassins, no longer think the Kremlin-backed hit squad ever entered the UK, making it Police guard the home of Det Sgt Nick Baileymuch harder for the UK authorities to pinpoint exactly who carried out the attempted murder of Colonel Skripal, 66, and his daughter. They remain in intensive care, fighting for their lives. Police sources have told the Telegraph that 24 cordons have now been erected in and around Salisbury as authorities race to eradicate any trace of the nerve agent. The latest cordon went up surrounding the home of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who is seriously ill in hospital. In a tour of Salisbury on Thursday, Theresa May launched a withering attack on President Vladimir Putin’s regime as Moscow prepared to expel British diplomats in retaliation for the sending home of 23 Russian suspected spies. The prime minister said: “We do hold Russia culpable for this brazen, brazen act and despicable act, which has taken place on the streets of what is such a remarkable city.” International allies rallied round Mrs May, directly blaming Russia for the attack. In a joint statement Britain, America, France and Germany said there was “no plausible alternative explanation” for the nerve agent attack other than Russian involvement. Det Sgt Nick BaileyDonald Trump said: “It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it” while the US administration announced fresh sanctions against the Putin regime for election meddling and cyber attacks, separate to the nerve agent poisoning of Col Skripal and his daughter. The political fallout from the nerve gas attack continued to reverberate with the Det Sgt Bailey’s family criticising Jeremy Corbyn for failing to condemn the Kremlin the previous day. William Pomeroy, the detective’s father-in-law and a life-long Labour voter, said: “I’m very disappointed in Mr Corbyn. He’s said almost nothing about this and came across as very weak on it. “He seems to have been a bit mealy mouthed about Russia’s involvement. It’s disappointing because he should be representing ordinary people like me.” DS Bailey, a 38-year-old father-of-two, was poisoned at Col Skripal’s home rather than at the bench in the city centre where the couple later collapsed, it is understood. That bolsters the belief that the nerve agent was brought into the home inadvertently by Ms Skripal. She arrived in the UK on Saturday March 3 on a flight from Moscow that landed, according to police, at 2.40pm. One source said it was straight forward for the assassins to break into Ms Skripal’s apartment in Moscow and plant the nerve agent in her luggage. Security sources have told The Telegraph that the timings are “hugely significant”. The next day, the pair drove into Salisbury city centre, parking in Yulia and Sergei SkripalSainsbury’s car park at 1.40pm before going to the Bishops Mill pub and on to Zizzi restaurant before collapsing on a bench. Traces of Novichok nerve agent have been found on Col Skripal’s car and in the restaurant and pub. Experts said it was telling that counter terror police have issued no images of possible suspects, given the large number of CCTV cameras in and around Salisbury city centre. The cordon thrown up around Det Sgt Bailey’s family home in the village of Alderholt in Dorset, 14 miles from Salisbury, included the entire cul-de-sac and surrounding streets. Both family cars were removed 11 days after the Wiltshire officer was made ill. Another car was removed from outside a house in married quarters at Larkhill garrison, home of the Royal Artillery, 13 miles north of Salisbury. Troops, trained in chemical warfare, are being deployed to decontaminate all areas which may have come into contact with the ‘persistent’ deadly nerve agent. Officials have drawn up a list of possible affected areas and objects and are working their way through them in order of highest risk. One source said: “You would basically need to decontaminate the whole of Salisbury before you could declare it safe to the public.” Public Health England has insisted there is a “low risk” to the public.

Discredit Moscow-2018/03/15-UK

‘Western plot to discredit Moscow’: How the spy scandal is playing out in Russia

IRussian policemen guard the entrance to the British Embassy in Moscow, where theories abound t has now been over a week since former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury, poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent.

With echoes of the Litvinenko murder in November 2006, deemed to be ‘probably’ the handiwork of Kremlin agents, the British government has been quick to apportion blame on Russia for the attempted hit. Unsurprisingly, however, a very different narrative is being played out inside Russia.

What the officials say…

While President Vladimir Putin and his foreign secretary have straight-out denied Russin involvement, many officials have gone a step further. Central to some responses is a theory that the attack was, in fact, carried out by none other than UK and US intelligence agencies in a Western plot to discredit Mr Putin ahead of presidential elections on Sunday. Evgenny Primakov Jr, a designated “trusted representative” of Mr Putin, authorised to speak on behalf of his campaign during the Russian presidential election, said: “Frankly, in Moscow we are in shock. The whole thing looks insane. No one here believes this was a Russian attack. “We are absolutely sure, 100 percent sure, that the whole thing is aimed at our elections. In my personal opinion, I’m absolutely sure Sergei Skripal was poisoned by the British or American secret services.” Meanwhile, Russian The headquarters of the FSB security service, the successor to the KGB in central MoscowMP and former FSB director Nikolai Kovalyov said that it is possible British spies may be involved in not just the latest poisoning, but also the deaths of other agents on British soil. “Considering this and the death of other traitors in England, I have formed the impression that British spies, once they have got full use out of a traitor, are willing to sacrifice them – and then say that it was Russia that did it,” he said. This, he claimed, in the interview with RIA Novosti, benefited the UK, USA and also Ukraine in portraying Russia as an aggressor state. He had another theory: “There is a laboratory in this town [Salisbury]. Look into whether they was a leak from there.” Maria Zakharova, meanwhile, the the foreign ministry spokesperson, is behind a series of fiery Kremlin communiques in which she has called Mrs May’s speeches in the House of Commons a “circus show” and “fairy tales”, and went on to say that the British position “is a political campaign founded on provocation”. In the last week Ms Zakharova has even suggested that the assassination attempt may be sour grapes after Russia beat England in the bid to host this year’s World Cup. In response to Boris Johnson’s threats of boycotting the tournament, Ms Zakharova reminded journalists that it was Britain who had lost out to Russia in the bid . “Announcements like this, made by the head of a government department – it’s just madness really,’ she commented, adding one final sleight to the Foreign Secretary: “What sort of a person … does that?” Theresa May has described many of the official Russian responses as amounting to little more than “sarcasm, contempt and defiance”.

What the press says…

State-owned media outlets like RIA Novosti, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Tass Ru have been conspicuously quiet on the subject of the Skripal poisoning. Earlier this week, news in Russia has concentrated on the death of actor and director Oleg Tabakov, and on the sacking of Rex Tillerson, which papers have gleefully hailed as signs of White House chaos. The broadcasters, however, have come out all guns blazing in defence of the Kremlin. State television station, Russia 1, ran a story entitled The Death Trap, referring to the number of Russians who have died on British soil under suspicious circumstances, while Pervyj Kanal argued that Skripal was of no danger to Russia and was a “spent The western plot is a perfect chance to discredit Putin ahead of elections, it has been suggestedforce”. Both Russia 1 and  Pervyj Kanal have also implied British complicity in the Skripal attack as a means by which to discredit Russia on an international stage. Russia 1 commented that the poisoning was of use only to “British Russophobes” as well as the USA and possibly Ukraine, with whom Russia is currently involved in a proxy war.  Pervyj Kanal seemingly sought to implicate British secret services in the attempted murder, adding that it was no coincidence that both Litvinenko and Skripal were handled by the same intelligence consultant. RT, previously Russia Today, was also hard at work stirring the pot. When Ms Zakharova angrily objected to Theresa May calling the Russian foreign ministry unfit for his post, it was soon after revealed that the Prime Minister had in fact said no such thing. Who was behind this apocryphal slagging match? None other than RT editor Margarita Simonyan. By comparison, non state-run media, of which there are increasingly few in Russia now, have been leading with the story over the week and have not shied away from laying the blame at the Kremlin’s doorstep. Meduza, which was formed in Riga by Galina Timchenko after being fired from her post as editor of on the orders of the Kremlin, has been investigating the nerve agent Novichok and quoted its creator, Vil Mirzayanov, as having told The Telegraph that “only Russia could do this”. At the same time, Novaya Gazeta, ran with the chilling headline, ‘No Russian exile is immortal’. Novaya Gazeta is one of the few publications left in Russia that openly criticises the state. Since 2001, six of their journalists have been murdered.

What the commentators say…

Veteran RT commentator Igor Maltsev complained of the absence of any evidence to catch Russia red handed. “Everything surrounding the Skripal case is a mass of facts and counter-facts. Only one thing is for certain – that Russia is guilty of everything, a fact apparently as unshakeable as Westminster Bridge,” he said. This was all the more pressing for Mr Maltsev, whose employer RT, is a potential target for expulsion as part UK sanctions. Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, took to Twitter to suggest expelling oligarchs from London. “The unpleasant scenario for Putin would be if the English finally chuck out from their country dozens of our officials and oligarchs with their families and money,” he wrote. He then cited three key individuals – “Abramovich, Usmanov and Shuvalov” – all of whom live in London and made the wealth in the chaotic years following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Abramovich and Usmanov own or part Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich couldbe part of the bargainown Chelsea and Arsenal football clubs respectively. Boris Akunin, one of Russia’s most popular authors, however, said that expelling oligarchs was precisely what Putin wants.  Setting out his theory in a Facebook post on Tuesday, the detective writer said that the Skripal attack was designed to goad the British government into destroying the oligarch community in London, a group which the Kremlin would like to see weakened. “The creation of a situation in which this particular group will be forced back into Kremlin-controlled territory, is useful and advantageous for Putin,” he said. The former sleeper-agent and, now, Russian television personality Anna Chapman labelled Mr Skripal a traitor. Ms Chapman, who was exchanged for Mr Skripal in 2010, said: “As always Russia is guilty by default… despite the fact that traitor Skripal was pardoned by the President and released.”

And what the trolls say…

The so-called troll factories have had their work cut out. A mysterious building on the outskirts of St Petersburg is reputed to house several hundred professional trolls who are employed to spend their days writing pro-Russian doggerel on social media and in the comments section of web articles in the western press.  In the immediate aftermath of the poisoning, many were quick to avert the blame from Russia. One, named ‘Germann Arlington’, commented on an article in The Times: “It sounds like an open and shut case.The investigators did not even start working and the mainstream media (and the commenters) have already assigned the guilt. Does it sound like a proper investigation? Maybe the officers already had all the required answers (from above) and were just ticking boxes?” Fellow commenters were quick to respond. “Good work muddying the waters comrade!,” wrote one. “Nearly as efficient as the FSB,” wrote another. Bravely soldiering on for a few more comments, Germann Arlington eventually succumbed after falling foul of the grammar pedants who were quick to pick up on his wooden use of English. “English teachers in Moscow aren’t what they used to be,” said one pedant, providing the final hammer blow to that exchange.


Military charities-2018/03/15-UK

Prince Harry warns military charities to drop publicity battles and put veterans first

2Prince Harry has warned military charities they must stop competing for publicity and profile, urging them to put the health of veterans above their “individual brands”. The Prince, who served in the Armed Forces for a decade, said there must be “no excuses” for the numerous charities aimed at helping veterans failing to align, arguing they are currently losing “good people” from the system. In a major speech, the Prince warned that veterans needing help with their mental health come up against a “confusing array of support”, with “extra layers and complication” thanks to numerous organisations. The Prince and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have recently worked to bring charities including Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and Walking with the Wounded together under the banner of Contact, a partner of Heads Together. Speaking at the Veterans’ Mental Health Conference at King’s College London, the Prince disclosed he had taken his fiancee Meghan Markle to visit Colchester Garrison, where they heard sPrince Harry and Mark Ormrod at the Invictus Gamestories from veterans that “shocked us to our core”. Hailing the “significant develop-ments” in the way charities worked together as part of Contact, he said each had recognised that “we needed to put our organisational differences aside to better support the Armed Forces and veteran community”. “We have all been guilty of adding extra layers and complication to an already confusing array of support,” he said. The Prince, founder of the Invictus Games for wounded and sick veterans, has previously worked extensively to raise the profile of Walking With the Wounded, including accompanying them on treks. Speaking to an audience, he said it was time for charities to work together to share resources, access and problem-solve as a collective, asking them to sign up to ten guiding principles and use a “common, universal language”. “In spite of this progress, accessing help is still a confusing marketplace,” he said. “The veterans should always our number one concern, allowing us to put aside our individual brands or publicity, for their sake. “To achieve success, we must align, we must connect and we must get better. We are losing good people, so no more excuses please, let’s work together and be the best at what we Prince Harry speaks at the Veterans' Mental Health Conferencedo.” Explaining how impressed he and Ms Markle had been to see the work of the North Essex Veterans Mental Health Network, he said: “A veteran’s journey needs to be as seamless as possible. “Currently, services are very transactional, causing a stop-start process where people drop out or get lost. “By focusing on transition, guiding them through the whole system, helping them grow along the way, we will see more consistent care for the individual and more improved outcomes, probably for less money. Spending to save.” The Prince, who said his time in the Army had meant the issue of helping the military is “personal”, also addressed the “misconception” of veterans’ mental health being “boiled down to PTSD”. Referring to a recent King’s study which showed the proportion of veterans diagnosed with PTSD is “very similar” to the general population, 1.6 per cent apart, he said the “image of broken men and women” made it difficult for those experiencing different mental health issues to be helped. “This misconception is having an incredibly negative impact on veterans as they transition, especially when looking for a new job and career,” he said. “And it can be a significant block to support – it may stop someone reaching out for help, it may stop a family recognising the symptoms, and it can stop the system from focusing on the full breadth of issues at hand.” Prince Harry’s words echo concerns from experts in the sector. In 2016, Ed Parker, chief executive of Walking with the Wounded, shared his unease that PTSD had become a “very engaging” label in charity fundraising, warning charities were competing to be “more interesting” because “we are all fishing in the same pot”.