Quite clever perhaps? Old Timmy boy milked that speech and a few sad photos for all it was worth and I bet he never thought it would do another rotation, Perhaps there is an agreement between the two of them as Collins' response was pretty muted.
Now, if you want to know if his RSM thought he was cnut, you're going to have to read the book.
I think this is an example of how the Officer/SNCO system SHOULD and does work in the British Army...
The CO is looking at the big picture.. what he said was 100% right, and IMHO, needed saying... He was setting the mark for what he wanted his men to do, whether they liked it or not... The RSM was equally right in that he noticed the effect it was having on some individuals - and yes, he did something about it..
The secret of the British Army's success lies in the dynamic tension between the Officers and NCOs - the Officer looking at the objectives, the NCO sorting out the means. It is very subtle, operates on a number of levels, and has developed over 100s of years. Civilian society really does not understand this, the press in particular see it as a class thing, which it is to some extent, but not in the popular sense...
The greatest risk to the system is the increasing percentage of Civil Serpents now in the CoC, who REALLY do not get it, and seem to want to usurp the chain at every turn.
I think the RSM is having a cheap shot and should be ashamed of himself. In every sergents mess bar I have been invited into is a small notice ...
Would this be the same Beattie who when asked outside the Sgts Mess by a SNCO when he was RSM how could he justify his blase attitude to his fellow Mess members replied "I couldn't give a **** about members of the Mess"? Its strange how he feels that he has now to berate Tim Collins about his speech ( oh yes Beattie now has a book out) regarding his turn of speech. Old dogs have long memories and can come back to bite you on the arse Dougie! People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, unless of course the money from your book will buy replacement panes of glass. How do I know I was there.
"What is said in the Mess stays in the Mess"
Yes - but what was said here was not said in the Mess. It was put about the world. POTUS had it framed and hung in his office. Again, the reaction at the time was purely from civilians who know FA about army ways. I welcomed the ex-RSM input. I'm sure TC is big enough to take it.