People who read my blog will be aware that; notwithstanding those who actualy fight; I am not a fan of the British Military; there are reasons for this; some historic and some; like leadership or the quality of it or the complete lack of it have always been with us. To the long list of privileged chinless oafs who have traditionally made their way from Eton; Harrow and the Guards most of them because they were too dense to be hidden in the office of a city bank; we discover today a true champion of the type, step forward ex C.O. Parachute Regiment Colonel Stuart Tootal. This guy has come out with a statement that would make me very nervous about giving him responsibility for anything let alone soldiers lives and guns and stuff that is dangerous.
It’s populist; it’s apparently compassionate; some people will embrace it unthinkingly; some will say he thinks about his men and very few will latch on to the fact that he has a book out about his career in the Army so; what did he say? He reckons that Military casualties should receive preferential medical treatment; that’s sure to have them flying off the shelf; I would buy a copy just to see the kind of total clown who got to become a Colonel and a C.O. during a time of conflict, the mind boggles at what his men must have thought of him.
“Brave soldiers should not be sharing wards with geriatric patients” says the Colonel so there we have one of his pearls of wisdom, wounded soldiers are de facto brave and there is something wrong with being a geriatric even if you are a geriatric with a Victoria Cross you should not be near a “brave soldier” I could have invented this clown but honest I didn’t, he demands Army only hospitals as well.
If someone joins the Army Colonel Tootal can they request a post where they won’t get hurt? Do they know that they can get hurt? “You there! you with the cancer; pick up that bleeding child and push that wheel chair with the crash victim out of the road, make way for this wounded soldier” This guy was in charge of men in battle; can you believe it? Everyone and I mean everyone should be equal when it comes to the provision of health care, being a soldier or a millionaire or Monarch should not come into it, we know that it does but it shouldn’t. Am I the only one who is getting fed up with these retired generals and colonels kicking up a fuss when they leave? If it’s not to sell a book it’s to cover their own backs, they are a disgrace to the men and women that they commanded.
No matter who or what you are it’s medical need that should count not anything else, this means treatment should go to who is first for medical reasons even if that person is a villain and someone else waiting is a wonderful human being. It’s a difficult concept but its right; it means Hitler before Ghandi and Thatcher before Mother Theresa if their need was more urgent. Sometimes I don’t have to do too much to highlight the shambles that is the Hierarchy of Britain’s Armed Forces a dangerous self serving clown like Colonel Tootal will come along and do it for me, pity the troops.
Perhaps Colonel Tootal should ask his troops how they feel about leap frogging sick children or pregnant women to get treatment because they are soldiers, I wonder what kind of response he would get.