Labour Lord Foulkes, or "Baron Foulkes of Cumnoch" as he prefers to be called in true nulabour style, had the nerve yesterday to imply that Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup AFC and Chief of the General Staff General Sir Richard Dannatt MC were being disloyal to British troops by fighting to make sure that our Armed Forces receive the right equipment and resources to deal with the Taliban.
According to the Mail, Baron Foulkes had "an undistinguished ministerial career - clouded by an episode of drunk and disorderly behaviour." He apparently lost his job as labour spokesperson for defence in 1993 after he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and of being drunk and disorderly after spending a night in police custody following a reception hosted by the Scotch Whisky Association (Wikipedia). He was elevated to the peerage by Tony Blair in 2005, presumably for services to the labour party.
During a debate in the House of Lords yesterday the red baron asked labour frontbencher Lady Taylor to 'consider gently reminding these gentlemen [CDS Stirrup & CGS Dannatt] of the importance of loyalty, particularly when we are engaged in a very difficult war where victory is essential for the future safety of this country.'
Snide remarks from a has-been politician would normally be ignored but in this case they have added support to the view that labour ministers and their toadies are engaged in a concerted campaign to systematically undermine the credibility of the heads of Britian's Armed Forces just because they had the temerity to stand up for the guys risking their lives on the frontline.
Baron Foulkes is currently on the government's Intelligence Committee. His absurd remarks remind me of the old BBC radio programme, The Navy Lark: "This is Intelligence speaking".
The Mail: Not fit to shine their boots! Outrage as toady Labour peer accuses forces of 'helping the Taliban'