The media is reporting that the Chief of the Defence Staff, the operational head of the armed forces, is stepping down early. The term "early" needs some context, it is only early if measured against his revised contractual end date but it is worth remembering that Sir Jock's term was extended by the the Labour government.
The BBC report suggested that Sir Jock was seen as being "close to Labour", from what I've heard from military friends of mine his extension was less about him and more about his most likely replacement at the time, Sir Richard Dannatt.
Sir Richard was highly critical of the Labour government and was the last person that they wanted as the head of the forces, Sir Jock's extension was an unprecedented and pretty blatant move to keep him out of the top job. Any surprise that after treatment like (and worse) that from Labour he chose to work with the Conservatives when he retired?
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