Trident: Mr Corbyn and the General
This is an email message about a new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4565, “Trident: Mr Corbyn and the General“. In this post I argue that the attacks on General Houghton, the chief of the defence staff, for his comments on Trident on the Andrew Marr show by both Mr Corbyn and the Guardian are misplaced, and that General Houghton did not commit the offences with which he is charged. I recommend that this issue should not be confused with or linked to the separate questions about the and wrongs of the nuclear deterrent or the future of Trident, or about whether Jeremy Corbyn’s recent public commitment to never pressing the nuclear button was right or wise, although all three issues have been widely conflated as if they were interrelated.
For the full statement of all this, please visit http://www.barder.com/4565, and please write any comments, supportive or enraged, at the bottom of that blog post, not in reply to this email (unless your comments are purely personal). Please don’t comment there or here on the rights or wrongs of nuclear weapons or Trident renewal, however strongly you (and I) might feel about them. The issue discussed in this post is the propriety or otherwise of General Houghton’s remarks and Jeremy Corbyn’s formal complaint about them, and him.
Greetings from a wintry Wandsworth in south London
11 November 2015