He's not left with much choice - of course, if he doesn't take early retirement, he'll get the full pension, and he might as well put the knife in the gobment while he's there. After all, they put the knife into him enough!
BTW, call me a pedant, but it's General Sir Richard Dannatt.
As the Father of two members of HM Forces It was with deep regret that I read Sir Richard is considering retirement, with this Government is he jumping or being pushed? Although he is Army he speaks for all troops unlike Jock Strap ( think that's his name) who is nothing but a mouth peice for the Government and I believe his nick name should be Cherry Blossom lips on account of the boot licking he does - (Des Browne likes that !!! and Gordon if he ever manages to get out of his bunker will love it )
If any of you serving sevice persons decides to start a petition to Sir Richard begging him to stay for all your benefit I will willingly sign it as will all my Family.
Stick with it Doughnut !!!!
I really hope not Cad, once drawn into politics, everyone seems to loose most of their common sense and decency. Not through choice but party line. If he leaves, then its more of a coup for liarbour than anyone else.
The voice has to be in place, not speaking from outside.
I hope you're right T_C. It's worth quoting from the hack who wrote the Daily Mail piece, Peter Oborne:
"I have been reporting British politics for nearly two decades, and the decision not to promote General Dannatt to chief of the defence staff is, in its way, the most morally repulsive I have ever had the misfortune to report."
Liarbour's treatment of General Sir Richard Dannatt may have also shot whoever is deemed to be a big enough 'broon-noser' to warrant the top job in the foot before he starts.
If whoever is asked to do the job takes up the post, it will be assumed that he has no integrity whatsoever.
I met the Dannat briefly he asked the normal boots fit mail getting through questions then he dropped a bombshell, he asked about the accommodation I was in, how many tours I had done etc........
Good bloke he listened and didnt make excuses. Then yesterday on telly I watched Jock Strap (cool nickname johnny) blather on about something. Jock Strap is nothing but a political mouthpiece of Zanu Liarbour, and then it gets announced he will get some new aircraft............... something funny going on here.