If the b**** govenment stopped all this re-structuring of countless Regiments,Squadrons ect,then Ma'am would'nt need to approve any re-namings.
I'm sure Ma'am,like others are sick of seeing historic names ground into the dust of history to win votes!
If Teflon Tony had his way,we'd have no military at all.
Sorry if this has been posted before, but how about this for a classic u-turn?
General in about-turn on merger of Scots regiments
THE military architect of the drive to amalgamate Scotland's regiments has turned against the plan, after realising the Black Watch has been betrayed over a promise to let the regiments retain their cherished head-dress.
Lieutenant-General Sir Alistair Irwin, who as colonel of the Black Watch wrote a 14-page document recommending the merger of the regiments three years ago, is now asking the governments to revoke the move, saying it has invoked a "sense of gloom".
Until this year, Sir Alistair was Scotland's Adjutant-General, who chaired the Scottish colonels group.
His opposition will reopen bitter arguments about the merger of the regiments.
Sir Alistair has said he only recently learnt that the regiments had been told they cannot retain their historic caps and badges.
"It overturns the agreement we thought we had, allowing the regiments to retain their traditional head-dress," he told a newspaper.
"That, in our case, means the red hackle, which is a cherished icon, a visible symbol recognised throughout the world and respected, not just by the regiment but by the whole army.
"Up until now we have been doing quite well, bringing everyone along with the plans. We had a kilted regiment, the red hackle, and we retained our local links which are so important to us."
This, he said, had soothed the road to amalgamation.
But last week the Army Board said the new regiment would wear the same head- dress when on parade.
To Sir Alistair, who was arguing only last year that the army needed to "restructure for the 21st century", this was the last straw.
Auld-Yin thanks for that. I hadnt seen the U-turn story, but on investigation, this seems to be the original version from The Times - see below. If nothing else, this news will give RCSignals the chance to say "telt you so".
The Times November 25, 2005
General's hackles raised by badge row
By Magnus Linklater
THE British Armyâs plans to amalgamate all six Scottish regiments have run into fierce opposition from one of their most senior officers over a last-minute decision to deprive the regiments of the right to retain their historic caps and badges.
Lieutenant-General Sir Alistair Irwin, Colonel of The Black Watch, once regarded by opponents of the scheme as the architect of the new âsuper regimentâ, yesterday broke cover to attack the Armyâs decision. He said it was âvery bad newsâ and claimed it would undermine the âimmensely painful processâ of amalgamation.
âI have learnt of this decision with the greatest dismay,â he told The Times. âIt overturns the agreement we thought we had, which would have allowed the regiments to retain their traditional head-dress. That, in our case, means the red hackle, which is a cherished icon, a visible symbol recognised throughout the world and respected, not just by the regiment, but by the whole Army.â
Sir Alistair has written to General Sir Mike Jackson, Chief of the General Staff, and may now approach the Adam Ingram, the Army Minister, asking them to reverse the decision. âThis will make the task of building the new regiment more difficult,â he said yesterday. âUp until now we have been doing quite well, bringing everyone along with the plans. We had a kilted regiment, the red hackle, and we retained our local links which are so important to us. The Army Dress Committee had recommended that the regiments keep our separate head-dress, and when that happens the Army Board usually just ticks the box and agrees. I can tell you that the clouds had lifted, and everyone was delighted.â
Last week, however, General Jackson wrote to Major-General Euan Loudon, Colonel Commandant of the Scottish Division, informing him that the Army Board had decided that the new regiment would dispense with the insignia of the separate regiments, and wear the same cap and badge when on parade â almost certainly a Lowland âGlengarryâ (a fore and aft hat with red white and blue pattern) carrying the regimental badge and a blackcock feather, made of synthetic material. A previous decision to permit the wearing of distinguishing insignia, including the red hackle, in combat dress will stand....