China should be heavy on their minds just now- Just wonder if Britain will go to war on a principle-with China- sorry just musing- of course not.So long as it's a genuine meritocracy, and not a "promote those who say what we want to hear". I'm thinking about SIS and the Iraq War as a good example of what happens when career astronauts discover that backing the PM's chief adviser gets you a juicy job, who cares whether the intelligence is accurate or not... or that competent CS discover that you cannot afford to give an honest assessment of the PM's buddy (because it will be leaked to the Daily Mail and get you sacked as the British Ambassador to the USA).
Unfortunately, if the current Cabinet is an indication, it seems that loyalty is prized over competence. I mean, Grayling? Truss? Sunak is a pleasant surprise, although his appointment was more accident than design
Think of it this way - the Army is similar to the Civil Service; Cummings will do exactly the same to the Forces as to the CS. What happens when the 1* and above jobs get selected by the Cabinet Office, on the basis of
"our kind of people""what we think of as competence"? It might be Boris now, but what if (in ten years, after the precedent is well settled down) it's some right-on type demanding more female Div/Bde/Bn Comds? All it takes is for a weasel 2* to let it be known that they're just the type to make it happen, and...