Fainting in Coyles An occasional letter from the
Heart of Euroville
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
The shameful thing we are forced to do with language.
In the Scotsman (behind free registration) the British Commander of our troops in Iraq (and previous to that Afghanistan) General John McColl has been forced to say this.
But he claimed that while the number of British troops had not been increased, plans to reduce them by one battalion had been dropped, which he argued did amount to a reinforcement.
Of course what he had said previous to this is probably enough to ensure that he never gets another command. He has had the balls to turn to Sir Mike 'hooon' Jackson and the world at large and complain about the Governments plans to cut the number of infantry regiments. But ebevn he has to come up with that classic.