So it came out the other day that the First Sea Lord (I’ll come back to that very shortly) isn’t entirely happy about the prospects for the currently totally ruling-the-waves British Navy.
You know, that’s the one that has one aircraft carrier with no aircraft and another one mothballed, all at great expense.
You see, to keep a modern force (see photo) with modern capabilities (see previous paragraph), it seems we need to keep the union.
It’s an absurdity.
My problem though, is a bit different. Even though it’s all no more absurd than many of the other things we’ve been hearing over the indyref period, I just find it difficult to take anyone walking around called The First Sea Lord seriously.
I’ve no idea if he is a nice man or not, even if his statements seem more political than operational.
It’s just that the insistence on the pomp and circumstance that makes you arrive at the sort of place where people are walking round with these sort of titles, and we’re supposed to take them seriously, is a clear indication of a state that is living in the past.
It reminds me of the book The Last King Of Scotland in which it was written that Idi Amin had given himself the full title of…
His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.
Again, I refer you to the Bateman article on the matter, he seems to have got the idea.