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From me and my pals in the submarine service, good on 'yer general, and it is about time such
a senior member of the armed forces, Chief of the Defence Staff spoke out. History repeating itself, for the last time that happened it was an admiral, a submariner, also the Chief of the Defence Staff when the Labour Party were in power [Wilson] with Healey as the Defence Minister: that was back in 1966 when Wilson cancelled the promised HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier CVA-01.

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Another precedent was set also against the fear and unpredictably of hard-left UK elected Labour politicians, again by an admiral, this time Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten, when the chance of a military coup was mooted and widely reported in the international media.

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Also Bravo Zulu [BZ], the navy's way of saying well done, to a level-headed and competent Labour MP, Maria Eagle for being her own person, standing by her own convictions and being true to her election campaign promise. We admire you Ms Eagle and wish you well in your endeavour and subsequent meeting[s] with a much less a person, Corbyn. I take this opportunity to remind you all that Dennis Healey was acknowledged by many in the navy, led by that pugnacious but charismatic Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Hill-Norton, as being one of the finest Ministers of Defence we had during the long and volatile Cold War years, and who knows, one day Maria might be thought of in the same vein. Perhaps when you have your meeting with Corbyn you might like to explain to him what deterrence in defence terms means, and whilst you are at it, a few more words which begin with the letter 'd', like dress, demeanor, decorum and duty [to ones nation and not one's foreign cronies], oh, and yes, what deterrent means in regard to him being a deterrent to the Labour Party being elected in 2020!

Before we enter the news article there were or are, two burning issues, one, the "interference" of unelected foreigners dictating to us from Brussels which can [hopefully will be] circumvented by a referendum OUT vote, and the other the interference of non elected members of the upper house, into the affairs of the elected lower house on matters which concern them but are outside their remit [matters of finance in this case], which will be solved by positive and unambiguous legislation by the Prime Minister. Incidentally when it was unconstitutional for Peers to interfere with the House of Commons we did note that neither Corbyn nor any politician of the opposition parties complained about the interference, indeed they delighted in it and used the occasion as political scoring - how two-faced can one get? When a man many times superior to himself personally affronts him, Corbyn takes to throwing his toys out of his pram.  Now, seemingly, in such a short space of time we are have a third altercation between men of overt loyalty and proven ability to the country and a group of politicians, albeit relatively few, who are manifestly of the opposite persuasion [and ability], and as such, not to be trusted at the helm of our country. If military coups were based on such issues they would be popular and warmly welcomed by the masses, and I rather think by members of the armed forces. We should be grateful that there are none in the armed forces that would endorse such a move, so we must put our faith in loyal Labour Party politicians to get rid of the "traitors" within, which, for every reason imaginable, ARE A BLOODY EMBARRASSMENT and DANGEROUS with it too!

Thank you Sir Nicholas for bringing this issue to the fore. We say a very hearty Bravo Zulu to you Sir.

Yours aye.

Corbyn accuses defence chief of political bias in nuclear row

Let's start off with a small video courtesy of the BBC.  My words, for I have reprocessed their Flash video into a Windows Media Video OUR HERO General Sir Nicholas Houghton.wmv

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the chief of the defence staff of political bias after he criticised the Labour leader's anti-nuclear stance.

Gen Sir Nicholas Houghton told the BBC's Andrew Marr that refusing to launch nuclear weapons would "seriously undermine" Britain's "deterrent".

And he said he would be worried if such a view "translated into power".

Mr Corbyn called on the defence secretary to "take action" against Sir Nicholas over his comments.

In a statement, the Labour leader said: "It is a matter of serious concern that the chief of the defence staff has today intervened directly in issues of political dispute.

"It is essential in a democracy that the military remains politically neutral at all times.

"By publicly taking sides in current political arguments, Sir Nicholas Houghton has clearly breached that constitutional principle. Accordingly, I am writing to the defence secretary to ask him to take action to ensure that the neutrality of the armed forces is upheld."

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Mr Corbyn, a leading member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, sparked a row with his shadow cabinet at his party's annual conference when he revealed that would never press the "nuclear button" - and he has since praised Scottish Labour's rejection of Trident.

Mr Corbyn has said he was elected Labour leader on a platform of opposing Trident renewal and that he is committed to "promoting an international nuclear weapons convention which would lead to a nuclear-free world".

'Responsibility of power'

Asked about Mr Corbyn's refusal to use nuclear weapons, Sir Nicholas said: "It would worry me if that thought was translated into power as it were."

He added: "The whole thing about deterrence rests on the credibility of its use.

"When people say you're never going to use the deterrent, what I say is you use the deterrent every second of every minute of every day and the purpose of the deterrent is that you don't have to use it because you successfully deter.

"If a prime minister said they would never press the nuclear button, "the deterrent is then completely undermined," he added.

"Most of the politicians I know understand that and I think that, dare I say, the responsibility of power is probably quite a sobering thing and you come to a realisation, 'I understand how this thing works'."

Attending a wreath-laying ceremony in his Islington North constituency following the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph, Mr Corbyn said Sir Nicholas's comments had been "unhelpful".

"I would gently say to him, with the greatest of respect, we live in a democracy where politicians are elected to Parliament in order to take political decisions," he told Channel 4 News.

"If he's worried, I think he should talk to me about it. I don't think it is appropriate for serving officers to make political comments or engage in political debate."

'Big process'

Shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle told Andrew Marr she was leading an "open-minded" review of the policy in light of Mr Corbyn's views and a vote by Scottish Labour against the renewal of Trident.

She said she had yet to meet Mr Corbyn to discuss Trident but a date was in her diary.

But she appeared to back Sir Nicholas, telling Andrew Marr: "I understand the point that he is making. It is the point that I made myself when Jeremy said what he said."

She defended the right of Britain's most senior military figure to speak out on such a politically sensitive issue.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with him expressing himself in those terms," she said.

She indicated she could resign if there was any change to the party's current position in favour of renewing the Trident submarine fleet.

"I am not a unilateral nuclear disarmer. I don't believe that that works.

"I think I would find it difficult [to continue in the shadow cabinet] but we are not there yet. We have got a big process to go through," she said.