SPIN DOCTORS AND THE ARMY

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  1. I note in to days Sunday times that Gen Walker is having to follow briefing notes prepared by spin doctors. some of which is to give answers to questions that blame the conservites for current problems.
    Is the army going to have Political officers soon?
     
  2. Bad CO

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    I know some very political officers!
     
  3. I cannot see us getting Political Officers posted in ... unless the double hat, the UPO / USO and RATO. Saying that the QM might be a good choice.

    However, maybe the MOD is planning on giving COs their very own Spin Doctors to sell the mission to the troops.
     
  4. Just in case there are any "spin doctors" reading this I would like to say that the Prime Minister, First Lord Of The Treasury And Minister For The Civil Service, our very own Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, is the best PM we have had this century.  (All three years of it.)  

    In reality I doubt they could read any thing here on ARRSE because their rose tinted glasses are so heavily tinted they cannot see outside their closed little minds.
     
  5. Just in case there are any "spin doctors" reading this I would like to say that the Prime Minister, First Lord Of The Treasury And Minister For The Civil Service, our very own Rt Hon Tony Blair MP, is a complete ARRSE.

    Up yours ya nasty little socialist.
     
  6. Tony Blair a Socialist?  What a novel concept.  I thought he was a Blairist and nothing more.

    Any thoughts on having an ex-Guardsman as Leader of the Opposition?  It makes a nice change to see a politician with medals at the Cenotaph.
     
  7. To be honest I really do not care if any MP's - or more importantly, members of the Govt - have any medals, badges or previous military experiance.

    What counts is their opinion and policy to the Armed forces now - not x number of years ago.
     
  8. The Labour chairman of the Common's Defence Committee, George Bruce, is one of the most pro-Forces MPs I have come across.  Yet he has never served a single day in uniform by his own admission.  He has been a real thorn in the side of MoD, which has to be good.  Regrettably, he is quite a rare beast as far as the Labour benches go.  The majority will do and think what Blair tells them.

    As for the rest, I would hazard a guess that anyone with Forces experience is more likely to be pro-Forces than those without.   Whatever your prejudices over ex-guardsmen, and bald ones @ at that, IDS will be on a closer wavelength than Blair will ever be.


    @ See "Our Glorious Leader" topic.
     
  9. The reply given by a spin doctor when asked about the Charge of the Light Brigade not quite going to plan:

    It was an unfortunate lapse by an individual that has been dealt with under internal disciplinary procedures.
     
  10. The Army spin doctor answering a question about a overspend of some few million quid on a dodgy project:

    "The Army do not know any way in which to waste public money.  Ask the RAF because they are the experts" :) :) :) :) :)
     
  11. C'mon now,
    Thats not really fair now is it!
    The RAF get excellant reductions in fine hotels and earn all the airmiles of many, many people for sending them home by BA when there plane breaks in sunny, exotic and appealing locations!
     
  12. C'mon now,
    Thats not really fair now is it!
    The RAF get excellant reductions in fine hotels and earn all the airmiles of many, many people for sending them home by BA when there plane breaks in sunny, exotic and appealing locations!
     
  13. Sorry to go completely off subject.  But when the RAF broke down in sunny locations (complete with 4 star hotel) they didn't fly me home by BA.  No they left me and the rest of their cargo to sweat our cods off in a rusty old RFA tied up in an African s***hole.  Cheers crabfats, one day......
     
  14. To go back on subject.  Since whilst I was festering in said African s***hole nobody tried to convince me that I was "Enjoying an unexpected extension to my Safari holiday on one of the Armed Forces purpose built Cruise Liners" in that part of the Army at least there were no spin doctors.
     
  15. Apparently (according to rumour, gossip, and nothing more), Tom King was a nutse Defence Minister.

    The comment was that he thought that being a 2Lt in a county regiment gave him qualifications beyond his wildest limitations.... and that he wouldn't listen to good advice.

    Conversely, Malcolm Rifkind had no experience, but was willing to listen and learn (had a brain the size of a planet) and did well.

    Now, Denis Healey had been a beachmaster at Anzio. There's medals for you :) :)