Spineless Labour minister briefs against Gen Dannatt

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.

8 responses to “Spineless Labour minister briefs against Gen Dannatt

  1. I read the article in the Sunday Times and I totally agree with you James. I couldn't believe the arrogance and cowardice of the spineless gimp concerned. I was outraged

    How dare he issue the veiled threat “General Dannatt has crossed an important line. He is playing a high-risk game.”

    This is so typical of what we've come to expect over the last 12 years from this vile Labour government.

  2. I read the article in the Sunday Times and I totally agree with you James. I couldn't believe the arrogance and cowardice of the spineless gimp concerned. I was outraged

    How dare he issue the veiled threat “General Dannatt has crossed an important line. He is playing a high-risk game.”

    This is so typical of what we've come to expect over the last 12 years from this vile Labour government.

  3. Don't try to score party points over the forces. Labour and Tory governments have been equally guilty back to the 2nd war (and probably beyond that) of neglecting the forces until caught out. Soldiers had to steal or borrow from the Americans (and Germans!) back then. When I was in the TA (under the Tories) we had to buy gear from Milletts. And the Tories shut the military hospitals. Labour will have been equally bad. Just shows what 'shits' politicians are – slinging crap at each other whilst the situation has never been changed by either side.

  4. Don't try to score party points over the forces. Labour and Tory governments have been equally guilty back to the 2nd war (and probably beyond that) of neglecting the forces until caught out. Soldiers had to steal or borrow from the Americans (and Germans!) back then. When I was in the TA (under the Tories) we had to buy gear from Milletts. And the Tories shut the military hospitals. Labour will have been equally bad. Just shows what 'shits' politicians are – slinging crap at each other whilst the situation has never been changed by either side.

  5. Yep, Tories shut down our hospitals, Programs that should have been updated such as nimrod should have been replaced by tories. I am sick of all sides shafting the poor old soldier. Tories should come out NOW and say whether they are cutting NHS or NBenefits in order to up the percentage of GDP spent on MOD. SImple as that. We are fighting harder than ever, we need at least a 1% increase (of GDP, not of budget) This is proper funding. DO NOT say “oh, we will review our priorities and commitments” We like being in a hard hitting military. We do not want to belong to a “peace keeping force” like the poor old Canadians, who feel they've had there balls cut off!!

  6. Yep, Tories shut down our hospitals, Programs that should have been updated such as nimrod should have been replaced by tories. I am sick of all sides shafting the poor old soldier. Tories should come out NOW and say whether they are cutting NHS or NBenefits in order to up the percentage of GDP spent on MOD. SImple as that. We are fighting harder than ever, we need at least a 1% increase (of GDP, not of budget) This is proper funding. DO NOT say “oh, we will review our priorities and commitments” We like being in a hard hitting military. We do not want to belong to a “peace keeping force” like the poor old Canadians, who feel they've had there balls cut off!!

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