Wednesday, 21 October 2009

BNP vs the Generals

Four former soldiers have obliquely criticised the BNP for using military imagery in their publicity.

General Sir Mike Jackson and General Sir Richard Dannatt, the former heads of the Army, Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, former Chief of the Defence Staff, and Major-General Patrick Cordingley, commander of the Desert Rats in the Gulf War, have all put their names to a letter to a new political operation called Nothing British

The letter says:

We, the undersigned, are increasingly concerned that the reputation of Britain’s Armed Services is being tarnished by political extremists who are attempting to appropriate it for their own dubious ends.

We deplore this trend for two reasons.

First, the values of these extremists - many of whom are essentially racist - are fundamentally at odds with the values of the modern British military such as tolerance and fairness. Commonwealth soldiers, who comprise about 10% of the Services, represent an invaluable contribution to the success of Britain’s military, both in history and the current day. Many have won the highest awards.

Second, the reputation of our Armed Forces was won over centuries of service in some of the most difficult areas of the world. Political extremists should claim no right to share in this proud heritage.

We call on all those who seek to hi-jack the good name of Britain’s military for their own advantage to cease and desist.

General The Lord Guthrie GCB, LVO, OBE, DL
General Sir Mike Jackson GCB, CBE, DSO, DL
General Sir Richard Dannatt GBC, CBE, MC
Major-General Patrick Cordingley DSO

Now, it is true that the BNP uses imagery from the World Wars, the Falklands, etc, in its publicity material. And why not? The public needs to be shown the sacrifices their ancestors made, the lives lost, to give the current British peoples the safety and comfort they now enjoy; they need to be shown that their current lifestyle was hard-won and should not lightly be discarded; nor allowed to be sold to the highest bidder by traitorous politicians.

The above named august generals have made one big arrogant assumption: that they, the top brass with scrambled egg on their shoulders have the right to control British military imagery. Generals did not make the great sacrifices to get us where we are today - the other ranks and private soldiers did that, as they have always done through-out the centuries of British history.

A Russian officer at Crimea noted that the British army was composed of, "Lions led by donkeys." The above named generals should reflect on which side of that equation they lie.

Nothing British can be shown, with the least amount of research, to be a Conservative Party-aligned organisation of very recent vintage. It seems to have been established specifically to oppose the BNP. Welcome to the club! This is both encouraging and stupid.

Encouraging because it means they're feeling some pain. They are starting to fear the BNP, as well they should. Stupid because the BNP mainly takes votes from former Labour supporters. Up to a point, the better the BNP does, the better the Tories will do at the polls.

It seems clear that the retired generals (and note, no-one from the air force or navy) have nailed their colours to a new mast and are confident of preferment under the expected Conservative government.

Nothing British
Stolen Valour campaign
Times article
BNP's analysis

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