Seadog said:It may be easier to bin/lock this entire bad natured thread than edit and selectively delete. If you can't play nice in Current Affairs, the serious thread, go somewhere else.
I don't agree with much of Finknottle's output either but he has a point. Ill informed stuff such as;
I can remember Bandy stamping his foot and demanding 12 45's or elseâ€¦ Told to wind his neck in or no Peerage and Viola! Neck wound in!
does not add value because it is strategic sailor (that's armchair admiral) fiction. Who told him OS? When? How did you manage to witness this encounter? Why would JB be in line for a peerage when other 1SLs don't qualify by dint of being 1SL? (AW didn't).
Purple Twiglet has an idea of how procurement works and doesn't. Those who don't know, please ask questions rather than spread ignorance.
Tout the party line elswhere, I ain't buyingâ€¦
So Band didn't say at a meeting that if he didn't get another Â£1 Billion and if cuts 'turned the Fleet into the Belgian Navy, I'm gone'?
And Band didn't come back from his showdown moment with the Minster praising him for his wonderful decision to give him the two carriers that were already promisedâ€¦ but not the 12 45's Band had been saying he needed?
"This is a significant decision to invest in the future, to be able to deliver air power around the world. I am entirely content that the country will get the navy it deserves; a powerful navy for the future; which is entirely right because we are a large player on the world scene."
Major change of tune that!
And no big gong? Was a time when Band was being tipped as the next CDS, not now, and CDS gets a big shiny Baron gong when they retire.