Rifkind - CGS should resign

Should CGS resign?

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diplomat

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#1
Just on C4 News, Rifkind agrees with CGS, thinks he shouldn't have said it and therefore should resign.

Apparently, as CGS he serves the government! Funny, as I always thought that he served the Crown (HM)!

Obviously a constitional issue, but it is surprising that a 'has been' politician like Rifkind thinks that CGS's oath of allegiance as an officer is to the government!
 
#4
I've just finished watching Rifkind on C4 - what an idiot.

He agrees with everything that CGS said, and that the war in Iraq is a lost cause. However he thinks that CGS should resign quietly if he dislikes government policy and not stand up for the army!

Thank goodness Rifkind is no longer anywhere near the cabinet or SofS Defence post - he appears to be living in the Victorian era. Mr Rifkind - modern society has moved on - at last it appears that we have a CGS who will speak up for the army and not allow it to be flogged into the ground.

Well done CGS!
 

engr172

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#5
Rifkind is a konb.....get out to Iraq and do a tour, see him come crying all the way home, wakner
 
#6
Rifkind has once agin proved his expertise in stupidity!
A chomper and a has been!
 
B

Biscuits_AB

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diplomat said:
Just on C4 News, Rifkind agrees with CGS, thinks he shouldn't have said it and therefore should resign.

Apparently, as CGS he serves the government! Funny, as I always thought that he served the Crown (HM)!

Obviously a constitional issue, but it is surprising that a 'has been' politician like Rifkind thinks that CGS's oath of allegiance as an officer is to the government!
Now who amongst us actually gives a f*ck about what Rifkind has to say?
 
#11
Aye that's all well and good though chances are, unless the morally courageous general does some really serious tap dancing, he will be eased into retirement.

The CGS' statements rated a full page spread, albeit on page 2, in my local Connecticut morning paper. Made the news too on public radio (the equivalent of BBC) though later in the day, in a further interview, the General claimed he was taken out of context.

Poor General no matter what he says now he'll be damned!
 
#12
Rifkin hummmm out of touch out of the loop out of power, not to mention it was options for change ' read disaster' was started 'on his watch' 'IIRC'
 
#14
Wasn't it a Tory SoS who was photographed trying to load a mortar backwards? Says it all really. Perhaps we could have a Private Eye type recurring picture of it to remind us of the huge gap between those who haven't served but think they know it all and those who actually have a right to comment?
 
#17
Hmmmmm

Guess You don't want to hear of what a member of the House of Lords and member of ARRSE says then?

If You do, go to 5 Live's play it again site - between 08:00 and 09:00
 
#18
Highly esteemed, learned mr.Blair has said that he agrees with "every word" the new head of the British Army said on the Iraq war. So sir Richard merely reflects official, govermental point of view and (for this reason) hasn't to resing.

As for mr.Rifkind then I doubt that he really agrees with sir Richard. If a politician says that he agrees with something then it means only that this statement is profitable for him.

As for mr.Blair then it is possible that he authorised sir Richard for his comments. From the first glance it is an absurd but mr.Blair is too experienced politician to make a steep U-turn without a preparation. Now he is in a good position. He agrees with the professional. Who could blame him for a usage of common sense?

The Conservative party is now in a very hard situation. Mr.Blair performed the U-turn and if the Tories would repeat it then anyone would blame them for principlessness. If they would stay on a firm pro-war positions then their electoral chances would be bleak.
 
#19
KGB_resident said:
Highly esteemed, learned mr.Blair has said that he agrees with "every word" the new head of the British Army said on the Iraq war. So sir Richard merely reflects official, govermental point of view and (for this reason) hasn't to resing.

As for mr.Rifkind then I doubt that he really agrees with sir Richard. If a politician says that he agrees with something then it means only that this statement is profitable for him.

As for mr.Blair then it is possible that he authorised sir Richard for his comments. From the first glace it is an absurd but mr.Blair is too experienced politician to make a steep U-turn without a preparation. Now he is in a good position. He agrees with a professional. Who could blame him for a common sense.

The Conservative party is now in a very hard situation. Mr.Blair performed the U-turn and if the Tories would repeat it then anyone would blame them for principlessness. If they would stay on a firm pro-war positions then their electoral chances would be bleak.
Did You manage to catch Lord Gardens take, Serge??
 

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