I've seen it here on these boards a few times, stated quite categorically, that we serve the PM and the Government. This is not the case. Firstly, Bliar or any PM is NOT the President. In the US the President is the commander of the armed forces. In the UK the PM is 'only' the chief executive, if you like, of the Government, and the Government is the executive of Parliament. While the PM and the Government makes the decisions, everything has to be ratified by Parliament (which is why any Government needs a majority if they are to gt anything through Parliament and are able to do ANYTHING, without that majority the Government cannot legislate or make decisions as the opposition would win every vote) The Parliamentary system is what sets us apart from the US in a very big way, and is why Bliar has been having so much trouble of late; he thinks he's the President and has similiar powers to Dubya in the US. He doesn't and it's a growing affront to this country as a whole that he treats himself this way. Our allegiance is sworn to the Queen as Head of State, and ultimately the people. As soldiers sailors and airmen we owe NO allegiance to Bliar and the Government other than that which Parliament allows them. We are not tools of Bliar or the Government. This is why he was so desperate to get the bill through Parliament to send the troops; because he had NO power to do it himself. This is why he, allegedly [sic] lied and manipulated Parliament through various things we all know about, the 45 minutes claim, the dossier etc. etc. etc. He needed Parliaments assent and got it through deceit and manipulation and lies. This is why he must go, and this is why people were distraught to find him at the Memorial service. How many banana republic tin pot dictators have used the army to keep and win power, and how do they do it? They do it by deceit and manipulation. Do you honestly think it is because the armed forces love them? There are good reasons why we have this type of democracy. First and foremost, Bliar couldn't declare himself PM for life, and back it up with the armed forces. He can't start offensive wars for his own self gratification, but after Iraq you might disagree. We could go on, but bottom line is that Bliar doesn't deserve any respect or allegiance more than would be given to any member of Parliament, and they only only get ANY allegiance as part of the WHOLE of Parliament.