We’ve all done it. A weekend in Magalouf gone too far, a bottle of Midori too many in Skinflats, a few too many pills whilst on the randan on the old holibags. The summers early, it’s all too exciting, and all that pent-up tension spilling over from work.
Poor Colonel Ruth expected to be treated with solemn respect after dressing up in khaki and posing at the barracks. She’s gone on holiday to [REDACTED] and it’s all spilled out. She’s fuming. Apparently people were ripping the piss, disrespecting the uniform, and not taking her, entirely altruistic venture on face value.
There is some speculation as to whether she took the fatigues on holiday and donned them to type out her endless tweetstorm (god this would be annoying wouldn’t it if you were actually on holiday with somebody – ‘Yeah yeah I’ll come in a bit – I’ve just got to finish a two hour tirade about a work feud’).
She blames ‘SNP Outriders’ (for which read everyone north of the Cotswolds shaking with laughter) for the ‘bizarre backlash’ against her raiding the dressing-up box.
She warned the backlash could discourage public figures from accepting honorary military posts in future in case they “get the Highland Spring treatment”. Which, presumably is reference to the sort of waterboarding her US military allies were fond of?
Now the Colonel has published a letter from Lt Gen Nick Pope, Admiral General, Chief Sea Lord, Master of Signals and Army Deputy Chief of the General Staff, urging her to be an “ardent supporter” of 32 Signal Regiment and the wider Army Reserve.
In his letter, Lt Gen Pope said: “In day-to-day matters I see your role as ardent supporter, wise counsellor and trusted confidante. There will be times when, as the figurehead of 32 Signal Regiment, you will be asked to use your personal influence within Scotland and the United Kingdom to help to deal with issues particular to your unit or to the Army Reserve as a whole.”
I think the Lt Generals statement must have satisfied anyone’s doubt that there was anything political about the stunt. Far from it. This is about the Colonel’s reach and influence and obvious role as an independent, un-aligned spokesperson for soldiery and cosplay.
Holyrood magazine explained that: “Davidson pledged to use her new role to “raise the profile of reservists in Scotland”, promote honorary posts and demonstrate that “they’re not scary”.
If anyone can explain what any of that possibly means, why it is important or remotely interesting – answer on a postcard.