The position of former senior Military officers in the UK could be set to change. There have been allegations of improper lobbying which if they are proved mean that the UK must be a hotbed of sleaze. The Media, British Police and Politicians have all faced some allegations of wrongdoing in the past few years. All those accused have been found lacking. It makes you wonder if the wrongdoing discovered so far is just the tip of a huge iceberg.
The latest allegations followed an investigation and revelations in the Sunday Times. They involve four former military leaders. Not an isolated incident then. When senior military leaders leave their military roles they are not allowed to work in the private sector for two years. This period of time is apparently called "purdah". It is designed to prevent the use of MoD information to make money and help others do so. You know a munitions supplier for example.
The Times Sting involved reporters masquerading as defence manufacturers. They asked the four men involved for help in securing a UK military contract. It seems the men were all too keen to help.
The UK defence secretary Phip Hammond has had a busy weekend. First he was called to comment on the arrest of British Marines charged with murder and then the lobbying for contracts issue. He said, "There is no way that retired officers influence the way military equipment is procured. I'm satisfied that the system we have is completely robust. "But there is an issue, firstly about whether any rules have been broken and clearly at least one, possibly more of the individuals named in the Sunday Times piece were still under the terms of the two year restriction that applies after they have left the service."
If he expects us to believe that these men are not influnetial he must think we just fell from the nearest stupid tree.He went on to say that the allegations are very damaging to the men and their reputations. Well if they have acted wrongly it is their own fault.
He was quick to justify the contact between former military personnel and those still serving. He said their were many valid reasons for this contact. It seems there could also be many invalid reasons for doing so also.
Hammond told the BBC "If they're abusing that access for commercial purposes, then we will have to tighten it up or maybe even shut it down. So that's something we will now look at."
Watch this space. Will it be yet another scandal hidden from media eyes? Time this government did what it was employed to do instead of simply hitting the incomes of the poorest in society. What these people may do is simply just make sure that they are not caught in the act again.
You have to wonder how many more undercover stings supposedly intelligent people will fall for. Greed of course could be blinkering them.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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