It will be interesting to hear and read what Gen Dannatt has to say to us all when he is free to do so. All credit to him - at least he tried to be honest and open, unlike so many of his predecessors. Somehow I don't think he'll be complementary about the politicians.
He spoke to us a couple of weeks ago and i have to say i was quite impressed. Very down to earth and appeared to be very interested in our opinions. Also brutally honest on a few topics but unfortunately 'chatham house rules' forbid their repetition here.............
I don't think that there's any real surprise about the appointment of Gen Richards to the post of CGS. I worked for him some years ago when he was ACGS and struck me as a very down to earth, soldier's soldier.
Good luck to him, I hope he does as good a job as Gen Dannatt.
I'd certainly agree with the key discussions here around the nature of the hard act General Richards has to follow. General Dannatts' *really* managed very well in this space and I look forward to hearing his choice phrasing on retirement to his farm in Norfolk.