I am deeply uncomfortable with a former associate of the International Marxist Group being given the top job in the Ministry of Defence. How would you or I have passed a positive vetting interview if we had been part of an organisation with revolutionary links? How did he pass the vetting process? Can he be trusted with state secrets? He showed woeful judgement over the Nimrod Inquest, immediately decrying the findings of the Oxford Coroner without being present for the concluding presentation. He made claims that Industry had declared Nimrod safe when there were no such assurances. Nimrod has now been grounded, just as the Coroner said it should have been last year. Is he really the right man for the job? International Marxist Group was a sympathy organisation to Fourth International devout followers of Trotsky; "Trotskyists regard themselves as working in opposition to both capitalism and Stalinism. Trotsky advocated proletarian revolution as set out in his theory of "permanent revolution", and believed that a workers' state would not be able to hold out against the pressures of a hostile capitalist world unless socialist revolutions quickly took hold in other countries as well. This theory was advanced in opposition to the view held by the Stalinists that "socialism in one country" could be built in the Soviet Union alone. Furthermore, Trotsky and his supporters harshly criticised the increasingly totalitarian nature of Joseph Stalin's rule. They argued that socialism without democracy is impossible. Thus, faced with the increasing lack of democracy in the Soviet Union, they concluded that it was no longer a socialist workers' state, but a degenerated workers' state."