Bat­tling in­dis­ci­pline

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis -

FROM the heat of bat­tle to the pa­rade ground, Bri­tish sol­diers are widely re­garded as the world’s finest: im­mac­u­lately pro­fes­sional and highly discipline­d.

So it was pro­foundly dis­heart­en­ing that troops on an Afghanista­n fir­ing range have let down them­selves, the Army and their coun­try by us­ing an im­age of Jeremy Cor­byn for tar­get prac­tice.

Rightly, the dis­turb­ing so­cial me­dia clip has been roundly con­demned.

The Prime Min­is­ter de­nounced the prank and red-faced com­man­ders are in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Labour MPs howled with out­rage, con­demn­ing the ‘shock­ing’ footage.

The Mail con­curs. Not only does this episode tar­nish the Army’s hard-won rep­u­ta­tion, it is thor­oughly dis­taste­ful to use pic­tures of real peo­ple as bulls-eyes.

Also, while IRA sup­porter Mr Cor­byn would axe the mil­i­tary in a heart­beat, he is the Labour leader and de­serves a mea­sure of re­spect.

And in these febrile times, when politi­cians re­ceive death threats, ut­most care must be taken not to le­git­imise the warped world­view of those who might re­sort to vi­o­lence.

But let’s not lose all per­spec­tive. How­ever un­savoury, these were ill-judged child­ish shenani­gans by young men in a war zone. En­tirely cor­rectly, they will be pun­ished.

And be­fore the Left shrieks too loudly, they should re­call the deafen­ing si­lence when Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell called for then Tory Cab­i­net min­is­ter Es­ther McVey to be ‘lynched’.

Re­spect, to steal a phrase, should be for the many, not just for the few. ÷IS

it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s lit­tle lit­ter-bust­ing su­per­hero The Flash! The caped cru­sader (aka four-year- old Parker Lawrie, but DON’T tell bad­dies his real iden­tity!) spends hours clear­ing rub­bish from streets and parks.

He donned his scar­let cos­tume after learning in class how dis­carded waste harms wildlife. Parker sup­ports the Great Bri­tish Spring Clean, which has at­tracted 530,000 read­ers. Why not join the mis­sion?

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