Prime Ministers should be qualified
FOLLOWING on from the letter from Bill Hatherley on November 17, I too have taken a deal of interest in the military awards of recent Prime Ministers and Secretaries Of State for Defence. At the Remembrance Day services it has been glaringly obvious that none of the senior politicians of any party have served in the Armed Forces. The last Prime Minister to serve was James Callaghan, with before him Edward Heath. The only other prominent politician to have served was Paddy Ashdown.
There are virtually no qualifications required to be a politician, certainly empathy and often common sense are not obvious attributes of the current lot, however, I would like to suggest that if you are to be Prime Minister or SecretaryOf State for Defence, or any other minister responsible for our brilliant Armed Forces, you should have experienced active service overseas with at least one of the services. If you are going to send young men to conflict you should at least have had the guts to go yourself.