Care after Combat

On Wednesday, Care after Combat releases an 18 month study of veterans in the criminal justice system.
It will report our findings and our recommendations. The report will be published on our website on the 17th of February.

We have started to see a pattern. Firstly, not one of the 200 guys we look after blamed the Ministry of Defence for their fall from Grace.
A lot of these guys have had a hard life before they joined the military. When they left, they found it extremely difficult to rejoin the life they had before. For some,the people they left behind became alien and strange and they miss the camaraderie, the order, and discipline that service life provided.

These are the guys that Care after Combat look after.
It is in everybody’s interest to prevent reoffending.
At Care of the Combat we believe that if you do the crime you do the time, and service personnel should be offered no preferential treatment. However we have found that service personnel in prison are willing to turn their lives round and start again. They realise their failings and ask for help. We answer that call.
If you Wanna help us, check out the Care after Combat website.

We look after veterans, the good and the bad the ugly

It’s what we do

David Beckham

I don’t believe for one minute that David Beckham questions why Katherine Jenkins was made an OBE. But just in case anyone else asks the question here are some of the reasons

Katherine became a trustee of the charity that I formed called the British forces foundation, not only that she has been all over the world entertaining the troops. On two occasions she accompanied me to Iraq and Afghanistan where we worked and travelled sometimes 24 hours a day,she has time for everybody and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else better at making  young soldiers feel relaxed and at home with her.

She is without a doubt the best person I have seen entertaining our Armed Forces. And she does it without fuss and without payment.

She is now a trustee of care after combat and has agreed to sing at our fundraising ball in London on 15 June.

She is star… Don’t you worry about that!

Keith Emerson

The July the 28th gig to celebrate Keith’s life  is selling well. Go to Symphony Hall Birmingham web site and get a seat or two.

Lots to do

Another trip to a N/A meeting last night. People who are genuinely trying to improve there lives. It costs 39k a year to keep someone in prison ,but how much is spent on keeping some of these guys out!?

I had a look at the daily Mirror headline, Jim Davidson wants Jeremy Corbyn dead…come on… is there nothing this paper will not stoop to? Its a joke. I read the typical comments and am not surprised I am hated by young lefties. I really hope Farage and Trump piss them of more!

The Keith Emerson tribute concert is selling well, I hope so as it is costing a fortune to put on. Tickets are on sale at the Birmingham Symphony hall web site.

I am on Loose Women on Wednesday……..!!!!!!  I will talk about the charity and appeal for mentors to join. If you are ex forces and want to help call 0300 343 0255 xx

Veteran Problems

I have been visiting narcotics anonymous. Don’t panic! In my role as chief executive of Care after Combat we come into contact with veterans who have problems misusing drugs and abusing alcohol. That is a sad sight to see but I’m afraid the veteran is no different from the other people in society who have trouble managing their lives.

The thing that struck me last night was just how difficult people find quitting drugs is. it seems more difficult than alcohol even though it’s all related. They really try as hard as they can but the stories they tell could make a Vulcan cry.

One guy told of how he has nowhere to go no money and no hope, he suggested that h s only future would be to steal something and go back to prison .”at least you would get a bed and food and friends”.

Care after combat are determined to help our veterans to deal with their deamons and I will do all I can personally to help nonveterans get their lives back whenever I can.

happy new year

Dear God,

2016 saw you take my favourite comedian Ronnie Corbett, my favourite muscisian Keith Emerson, my favourite magician Paul Daniels and my favourite DJ Terry Wogan…please God please know that my favourite politician is Jeremy Corbyn.


This is a joke by the way! Please substitute Jeremy for anyone you are not too fond of!




What do you buy people for Christmas? It is a nightmare! I love the look on some people’s faces when they open a present and is not what they wanted at all. There was once an old joke that said what do you buy man with everything the answer being, penicillin!

I was checking the old finances the other day and I realised then there isn’t much I wanna spend money on. I have got everything I want, apart from a Princess 65.

I am going to be at home for Christmas although I might going to Charlton Play Milton Keynes on Boxing Day. My lads are here on the 27th, and I’m cooking Turkey on the big green egg… Yummy.

The question on everybody’s mind this Christmas is, how do you cook sprouts? The answer is, Company half fry them with butter add a dash of soy sauce and a sprinkling of flat leaf parsley…

Merry Christmas everybody

Prison visits

I have just returned from visiting Her Majesty’s prison Winchester. We have 23 veterans in Winchester some of whom I’ve known for quite a while now. It was good to see them. I wish more people could see inside our prisons. There are those who think that prison is too soft. There are people who believe that they should be locked up and the key thrown away. There are also people like me who believe that prison should be a place where baddies can learn to be goodies. I applauded Michael Gove when he stated that prisons should not be warehouses to keep people. I totally agree with him. What I see when I visit our prisons is dedicated staff who, despite being short on numbers, go out of their way to try and make the prisoners life bearable, to keep them safe. What we want is to reduce reoffending. It is a known fact that 40% of prisoners will reoffend within the first year of their release, this rises to 60% in year two. This is crazy. Care after Combat take care of former members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces that have found their self behind bars. In the last 18 months we have had 100% success with regards to reoffending. That is a good thing and it is in everybody’s interest that we keep up this good work. Hopefully the information that we have collated over this time can go towards helping other non-veteran groups. It is in everybody’s interest to stop reoffending.

So, Merry Christmas to all our veterans in the criminal justice system. May they do their time in peace and come back to us as better people, and may God give us the strength and the wisdom to welcome them.

The truth is quite boring

headlines are flying about that I think Macintire’s a c*nt…Well!!  here’s what what was really said.(no headlines here!)  Newspapers are shedding staff like autumn leaves so this is what you get.I get interviewed by a girl who sounded like she was in Jeremy Kyle’s green room.
hello is that Jim?
Oh…so you’re going on tour?
Ok why’s that?
Its what I do?
It’s how I earn my living
You went on New faces?
Why’s that.?
Why did you go on that?
Well its like x Factor is today..except it ws about the acts not the was for professionals not the karaoke singing on the X factor.
Why is your tour called 40 years on?
I’ve been in show biz for 40 years..
So why do it?
Well it will show the young guns that I’m still around and doing it despite what they say…
You got the OBE
So what Charities do you sponsor?
You got it for charity..what ones
Have you done any research on me?
Yes….. you won big Bruvvvarrrr
Bye drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Kent on line…class


I went to Greg Lake’s funeral yesterday. It was a very private affair was just family and close friends. It is sad to see him go. He was a genius and had a way of touching people’s hearts with his music and his meaningful lyrics. He will be sadly missed that his art will remain.

Ars longa vita brevis… As they say!