At some things he was fantastic such as knowing what was going on, how to talk to people and win the the army RU cup. On the other hand he was the most conniving manipulator I have ever worked for (3 times). Having said all that he was a million percent better in every respect than the complete knob who replaced him at 7.
I've said before he would make a good prime-minister.
I'm delighted to hear this. I'm not R Sigs but I knew Maj Gen McDowall as a squadron commander in NI in the late '80s; our paths crossed again in Bosnia (or Kosovo), and I remember having a chat with him after his promotion to Brig, in 2000 or thereabouts. He told me then how proud his father had been, and how he'd taken his son down to the local Legion for a drink with all his ex-servicemen pals. I always found David McDowall straight, modest and immensely likeable. Congratulations, General!