There is a story in the Times about the anger in Labour circles about General Richard Dannatt’s call for more troops in Afghanistan.
Clearly the minister was so brave that he/she didn’t want to be named, so courageous that they didn’t want to actually put their name to their comments. To that un-named Labour minister who doesn’t like it when an honest and principled soldier says something they don’t like, I say this “Put up or shut up”.
Let’s look at the claims made about Gen Dannatt by this faceless, spineless little shit on the Labour benches. He/She is quoted as saying:
“General Dannatt has crossed an important line. He is playing a high-risk game.” and “He should not be going out there briefing the Conservatives. If he has any concerns he should raise them in meetings in the ministry, not blurt them out.”
These comments were not just blurted out, they were made in a private briefing dinner to MPs.
Secondly, Gen Dannatt didn’t brief “the Conservatives” he was speaking at the All Party Army Group. The fact that this ALL PARTY group is dominated by Conservative MPs is a telling statement about how much Labour care about the army.
We might well be losing fewer soldiers in Afghanistan if Labour ministers spent more time listening to senior soldiers and less time briefing against them in the press.