However, I utterly reject the implication that soldiers in the UK are treated with contempt and have to hide their profession in order to avoid getting beaten up. I regularly see soldiers in their uniforms and they are proud of it. The town of Royal Wootton Bassett has long held public gatherings to salute the repatriation of dead servicemen and I have seen nothing but respect for soldiers, though I am aware that some soldiers are occasionally subjected to verbal abuse from people critical of the war (especially Muslims because of the nature of modern conflicts). Whatever disagreements I have over the UK's foreign policy I put aside when it comes to respecting the brave men and women risking their lives for their country.
Your comment makes it sound like you don't understand British culture - being low key and reserved is our way of respected soldiers.
PS - You should never use the Daily Mail to support your argument if you want to be taken seriously.
Youre basing your entire opinion one a single town, where people began wearing their uniforms as a form of protest against the kind of people who killed that soldier.
I've been to 7 different RAF and Army camps, on the other side of the fence there are always notices about hiding anything that identifies your car as belonging to service personnel, while many people still choose to wear uniform outside for convenience, it is generally discouraged. I never said people didn't respect troops here, but there's nothing low key about beating up service personnel in nightclubs (they stand out) just for being in the forces, I see it happen, a lot. At all of the camps I've been at. At my current base someone spray painted "RAF ******s" on the side of some bodies house in huge letters. Things seemed to have died down after some local guys made the mistake of starting a fight with an infantry guy, and didn't realize he'd gone to the pub with 12 of his friends, who promptly held his arms back and began tenderising his torso. Cars get routinely keyed and jokers like to mail talcom powder to random addresses on the camp because they know it has to be treated like Anthrax once discovered. And this is a town village where the personnel and their families probably outnumber the locals.
I've seen it even worse in Cosford, and Brize Norton. And before you immediately dismiss the article at hand, it still shows what happens over here.
And why do you immediately jump to the conclusion that its propaganda? It could simply be for ceremony. You don't realize how much pointless crap the military does it purely for ceremony and tradition. The planes they actually fly the bodies out on might not be big enough to accommodate that ceremony. Some of the coffins might not have any bodies in because they couldn't recover enough of it. Does that make it propaganda too?