Serving their country
Before I start on all that constitutional crisis stuff, I just thought I’d comment briefly on the reliably useless Mary Riddell in the Telegraph. Reacting with dismay to the news that a large proportion of people coming forward for the Jury Team are ex servicemen, she says:
Nothing wrong with that, except that military figures may be even worse at power-sharing populism than S Club 7. As the Duke of Wellington remarked after chairing his first Cabinet meeting as PM: "An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders, and they wanted to stay and discuss them."
Would these be military figures like Lt. Col Winston Churchill, Major Clement Atlee, Capt. Anthony Eden, Capt. Harold Macmillan, or Major Edward Heath? The disconnect between Parliament and the Armed Forces has been a recent, and unfortunate occurrence. I believe that there is only one Labour MP with military experience (the grim Eric Joyce, who is not a terrific advertisement admittedly). It’s hard to argue that the House would not be improved by more.