08 October 2009

Sir Richard Dannatt and the Tories

May not be an opportunist political gimmick...

 

But the timing looks mighty suspicious. It’s very rare for a serving officer to make public criticisms of policy (Sir John Hackett did it once and got away with it by wearing his NATO hat) and to go straight into a political advisory role to the Shadow Cabinet isn’t really cricket.

 

I naturally favour our troops having what they need to succeed in Afghanistan, but Dannatt has possibly done them a disservice.

1 comment:

alunephraim said...

The idea of a General (or any other senior military figure) leaping into politics immediately after retirement is a little...

Not that it's surprising that this one is a Tory. And not just because most of them are.