British General Threatens Military Coup If Corbyn Elected

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Late last week we brought you a collection of vivid images from a military coup in the West African nation of Burkina Faso where forces aligned with former President Blaise Compaoré arrested the acting President and Prime Minister ahead of democratic elections planned for October. 

To be sure, most observers would argue that the idea of military coups like the one described above occurring with any sort of regularity in the context of the developed world is far-fetched at best, but a growing disaffection with what many see as endemic corruption and ineptitude has not only served to catapult two dark horse presidential candidates to the top of the polls in the US but apparently has some Americans convinced that a military takeover might be preferable to the current system of governance as the following poll (which admittedly suffers from selection bias) from YouGov shows:

Well, don't look now but the ascension of Jeremy Corbyn to the head of Britain's Labour party has led at least one senior serving general to predict that a Corbyn government would face the very real possibility of a military "mutiny". Here's more from The Independent:

The unnamed general said members of the armed forces would begin directly and publicly challenging the labour leader if he tried to scrap Trident, pull out of Nato or announce “any plans to emasculate and shrink the size of the armed forces.”

 

He told the Sunday Times: “The Army just wouldn’t stand for it. The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that. You can’t put a maverick in charge of a country’s security.

 

“There would be mass resignations at all levels and you would face the very real prospect of an event which would effectively be a mutiny.”

 

The general, who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, said he and many soldiers were sickened by Mr Corbyn’s refusal to condemn the IRA, which killed 730 troops and injured 7,000 more during the conflict.

 

His shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, was forced to apologise when it was revealed he had called for IRA members, including hunger striker Bobby Sands, to be honoured by the British government.

 

The general said: “Many soldiers are disgusted by the comments of Corbyn and John McDonnell [about] the IRA — men who have not only murdered British soldiers but also hundreds of members of their own community.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense is not happy, and neither, apparently, are Corbyn's political opponents who seemingly would prefer to live with a Corbyn government than see Britain relegated to the status of a mid-20th century South American banana republic. Here's The Independent again:

“You can’t have serving officers effectively threatening a coup against an elected government,” they said. “This general seems to have forgotten that we live in a democracy.” A Ministry of Defence source said it was unacceptable for a serving officer to make political comments about a potential “future government”.

 

Even some Conservatives expressed disquiet. The right-wing Tory MEP Daniel Hannan described the general as an “idiot”. “We’re not Bolivia for God’s sake,” he said. 

Of course the thing about military coups is that they don't, by definition, depend upon whether politicians think they are "idiotic", which is why, in a world where polls in developed markets seem to suggest that voters' sentiments are beginning to shift towards the far ends of the political spectrum (see Greece, Spain, the US, Britain, and Portugal for instance), one certainly wonders what might happen if, in a desperate attempt to bring about real "change", voters make a "mistake" that the army decides needs be corrected outside of the ballot box...

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Ignatius's picture

British General should be immediately arrested for sedition.

knuppel's picture
knuppel (not verified) Ignatius Sep 21, 2015 5:06 PM

Yeah really..they polled military people and they answered honestly on some treasonous offense questions..how dumb are these military tool idiots haha?

max2205's picture

Just wait till they get a black Muslim PM

 

UK military?!  What a joke!

Latina Lover's picture

Idiot General has spent too much time working on the Ukraine overthrow helping his city of london overlords, or was it the Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan etc

knukles's picture

At least YouGov is unbiased.  In the same sense as free speech on UCal and CSU campuses.
None of this would have happened if everybody took their Thorazine with their fluoridated water. 
Pink slime for everybody!

Manthong's picture

The limey is just echoing the lowest common denominator wisdom.

I mean, like “you can’t put a maverick in charge of a country’s security”.. or economy for that matter.  

It takes someone thoroughly captured and corralled by the financiers and corporatists to run a country.

No mavericks.. nope.. no way, no how..

Hear that Donald?

cossack55's picture

Me thinks he may have watched "Paths of Glory" once too often.

wee-weed up's picture

Obozo can teach the Brits about getting rid of back-boned generals and replacing them with hand-picked ass-kissing yes-men.

BurningFuld's picture

"You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

SWRichmond's picture

"You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

And the truth is, here's what most think of your "democracy", as evidenced by the general: "Things will be done the way we want, or we will use force to make them be done that way."  As I have often stated, force is the only thing they understand. 

nmewn's picture

So it's like a kinder, gentler, compassionate Pajamas Boi-IRS-TSA-EPA thingy...except...they just tell you straight up they will either shoot you or jail you and make your life a living hell for non-compliance.

Well!...decisions decisions ;-)

beemasters's picture

The military should be now well-versed with "preemptive strikes". Can't they just announce the intention to kill Corbyn and justify it like they usually [love to] do???? C'mon, general. We dare you.

Motasaurus's picture

The military answers to the Monarchy, not the parliament. If the military is threatening a coup it is the Monarchy threatening to take back the authority to exercise their supreme power.

James_Cole's picture

Before he got elected they said he would be the end of the labour party and now..

A mild mannered old pacifist socialist who rides a bike everywhere has managed to simultaneously: get the old labour party elite going fucking bonkers / resign, have the conservative party declare him a (the most?) serious threat to national + economic security for every family in britain and now has generals calling for a military coup?

Hopefully bernies numbers pick up, that'll really send the ruling class of US&A + UK into a tantrum!

nmewn's picture

"Hopefully bernies numbers pick up, that'll really send the ruling class of US&A + UK into a tantrum!"

"Hope" springs eternal in Marx-Engels Land don't it?...lol...I'm as positive as you are that CnC Bernie will concentrate the drone fleet elsewhere.

Maybe even Wall Street!...but I wouldn't get my "Hopes" too high on that ;-)

James_Cole's picture

Bernie has the equivalent chance of becoming president of the US as I do of becoming king of Saudi Arabia. That said, rich folkz got real thin skin - having bernie in there talking smack alongside their doting servant Hilary would really get them crying, life's just not fair!

nmewn's picture

"To pay for the bailout, he proposed a five-year, 10 percent surtax on income over $1 million a year for couples and over $500,000 for single taxpayers. That would yield more than $300 billion in revenue to cover losses the government will incur when it resells troubled mortgages it acquires from banks."

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-statement-...

There is the socialist-statist Bernie Sanders.

Not letting big New York commercial banks fail at all, not holding regulators accountable, nor even holding ANY politician accountable for their dumbass votes on CRA.

Not at all, "Bernies plan" was to have THE GOVERNMENT (who was just as big a player in the collapse) just randomly tax people higher on their income whether they had anything to do with it or not.

Ya know, like Granny selling her house in the suburbs cuz the city is moving in on her, which just happens to value out at...one million dollars.

Such a caring, thoughtful, socialist ;-)

ebworthen's picture

More coup's!

Less bankers! 

Less politicians!

Hang 'em high!

tmosley's picture

Interesting that we are now entering the "Praetorian Rule" period of imperial collapse. Wars are certain to be perpetuated should these threats be backed up.

Yes, Corbyn should never be allowed anywhere near any seat of power, but these people are attacking him for the wrong reasons (he would literally destroy Britain as a nation and possibly as a people), despite him doing a few things for the good of the people (ending military adventurism).

Handful of Dust's picture

" Winning Minds and Hearts ..." ... and so on and so forth ....

jeff montanye's picture

the freedom movement in the u.s. has a singular advantage over its beleaguered allies in other countries.  while our evil doers may look like they will never be stopped, much less brought to justice, there is a chink in their armor unique in all the world: 9-11.  in no other developed country did a recent government so obviously, intentionally and, by far most important, provably, murder thousands of its own citizens.  that this led to two wars killing another million and leaving homeless five million more is a further intensifier.

 

for those who want significant change in our corrupt ruling triad consisting of the u.s. government (especially national security, treasury, regulatory and justice-judicial), the transnational corporations (especially financial-fed, military-industrial, media, energy, and communications) and the zionist-neoconservative-israeli forces, the way forward is through 9-11.  everything else is pretty well hidden or open for debate or caught up in partisan politics. this is the only thing big enough and bad enough to prove what we know is true: we are ruled by deeply evil people who care nothing for our well-being.

 

9-11 is different.  it is the bridge too far.  it is the overreach that can be demonstrated to be false.  polls over the years show u.s. citizens are less and less believing of the government's incredible (as in not credible) story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polls_about_9/11_conspiracy_theories

 

rand paul and others are trying to get secret pages of the 9-11 report (which doesn't mention building 7) declassified.  a new movie by the highly credible and non-partisan architects and engineers for 9-11 truth (which now has added firefighters to the mix) has just been released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsoY3AIRUGA.  once one watches the wtc fall (all three), up close and in slow motion, an honest person cannot think planes and fires did it.  the final nail in the coffin is the red-hot metal underground months later.

 

this crime is too great, too evil and too poorly done to be explained away or ignored. once a growing majority of the nation sees through this lie (and the fraction is already larger than many imagine), new things become possible. the corrupt conspiracy would start to peel away like an onion. this is not yesterday's news. there is no statute of limitations on treason or murder.

Derezzed's picture

When your country is about to fall into the hands of socialists, it is then up to the army to take matters into their own hands.

I fully support a coup in any country wanting to take back its sovereingty and avoid socialism by any means (socialism leads to state bankruptcy). I wish the military would take over in France for instance and get them rid of such socialist scumbags.

Politicians have failed and will fail again. Politician is not a job. They have created for themselves and in order to keep power an oligarchy with tremendous privileges and nothing to show for those except treasons, corruption and incompetency. THey don't pay for their mistakes, but the people do pay.

You look at the leaders today : a bunch of morons, lazy grabastic piece of amphibian shit, who talk off topic shit more than often and do the contrary as to what they should do.

You look at the history of many countries : the best head of state they ever had was from the army (De Gaulle, Putin, ...). Of course I don't take into account that insane madman from Germany, simply because he was very low in ranks. But one thing for sure, people who have made a career in the military putting their lives on the line for their own country, instead of becoming a banker or poltician, or both and vice-versae (ty revolving doors) are more trustworthy for the destiny of a country.

We are approaching the moment of truth and have already entered meta history, I'd rather have a military dictatorship for the good of my country than a democratic dictatorship for the good of a global oligarchy only.

No matter what we will get a dictatorship.

Derezzed's picture

When your country is about to fall into the hands of socialists, it is then up to the army to take matters into their own hands.

I fully support a coup in any country wanting to take back its sovereingty and avoid socialism by any means (socialism leads to state bankruptcy). I wish the military would take over in France for instance and get them rid of such socialist scumbags.

Politicians have failed and will fail again. Politician is not a job. They have created for themselves and in order to keep power an oligarchy with tremendous privileges and nothing to show for those except treasons, corruption and incompetency. THey don't pay for their mistakes, but the people do pay.

You look at the leaders today : a bunch of morons, lazy grabastic piece of amphibian shit, who talk off topic shit more than often and do the contrary as to what they should do.

You look at the history of many countries : the best head of state they ever had was from the army (De Gaulle, Putin, ...). Of course I don't take into account that insane madman from Germany, simply because he was very low in ranks. But one thing for sure, people who have made a career in the military putting their lives on the line for their own country, instead of becoming a banker or poltician, or both and vice-versae (ty revolving doors) are more trustworthy for the destiny of a country.

We are approaching the moment of truth and have already entered meta history, I'd rather have a military dictatorship for the good of my country than a democratic dictatorship for the good of a global oligarchy only.

No matter what we will get a dictatorship.

Ace006's picture

We've had a bit of experience with "mild mannered old pacifist socialists" since the Fabians arrived to guide us to Valhalla-on-theThames. Kindly old G.B. Shaw thought if people were given work but were naughty and complained about things, they could be killed. In a humane way, of course.

So appearances are receiving and those avuncular types are often more like spearpoints on some nasty business. Gulags, demeaning social repression, and/or economic lunacy are your basic options with these types.

You can look it up.  Seriously.

jskern's picture

That's a very good point and worth mentioning on a US site where most commenters, I presume, think in terms of an officer corps swearing aliegence to a document, rather than a monarch.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Must read, the panicking queen told me to do this so that she and her family of retards can keep continuing parasyting  the sheeple 

Ace006's picture

You don't about parasites until you look into modern "representative" government.

HM performs v. useful functions. However, at the present time it seems that standing up for her people while they're in the process of being destroyed isn't one of them it seems. Making it a clean sweep where all presently constituted political leadership is concerned.

What oh what's an army to do?

logicalman's picture

In a society where the government actually represented the people, those willing to defend it wouldn't even need to be paid.

The only justification for the military is the above.

There's a big difference between backbone and flat out arrogant insubordination, I think.

This guy should be seeing stripes in his sunlight tomorrow.


Moe Howard's picture

More like replacing back-boned with broke-back moutain generals.

fleur de lis's picture

What the unnamed General does not understand is that the textile and ship building industries of Northern Ireland were owned by the same elite warmongering families that sent British soldiers around the globe to lose their lives for nothing but padding bankbooks of warmongers.  The same warmongering families who never gave a son to the fighting, but left it to native Brits. 

The good unnamed General is a well-meaning fool. He dwells amid the enemy yet fails to recognize them. He is devoted to his fighing men and defends their memories, yet fails to understand who really sent them to their early, violent, and unnecessary deaths. He does not accept that he too, is an expendable pawn, and thinks that Parliament works in the best interests of the British people and their armed forces. The good unnamed General will find out soon enough how sorely mistaken he was all this time.

 

Ace006's picture

Oh congtrare, mong sher amee. He understands that v. well, dated though your data might be. Many saw their lives opened up in the most wonderful ways and yoar assessment is just gloomy, gloomy, gloomy.

Paradoxically, modern Western political elites have failed dramatically to take care of anyone but themselves and they have just fallen in love with foreigners in unbelievably destructive ways that would have astonished those old time people.. 

The poison of socialism and the mindless desire for total revolution have all but wrecked the West and driven ruling elites insane by any objective standard.

Thus, a little talk of coups among friends does no harm. The wonder is that 126 years of treason go unremarked.

HowdyDoody's picture

These days, he is either looking out for his retirement in the MIC and/or a Zionist stooge.

 

 

 

Ace006's picture

I'm betting he sat thru five minutes of "Django Unchained" and threw up.

Some people understand these movies in ways their creators don't expectorate.

aldousd's picture

Elected officials aren't "in charge of the economy." Nobody is. They just want you to think that so you feel safe (and they can blame the last administration to get elected.)

jeff montanye's picture

you're right about elected officials not being in charge.  and, ultimately, you're right about nobody too (in the long run we're all dead).  but for significant amounts of time (and money!) the unelected central bankers and their equally unelected oligopolist owners/co-conspirators can sure manipulate the hell out of it, increasingly for the worse lately.

Ace006's picture

>>No mavericks.. nope.. no way, no how..<<

The mavericks are the swine who want to keep our borders open and inundate us with mothertrucking foreigners. Traitors are the real "mavericks" here.

Speaking one's mind among a bunch of girls isn't being a "maverick." 

Capice, mon ami?

Occident Mortal's picture

I suspect the "unnamed General" doesn't exist and is merely a prop to get a tonne of silly quotes from pompous politicians.

fudge's picture

or that said General is a member of the Friends Of Israel Society and looking to secure a sweet job upon his retirement.

Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) fudge Sep 21, 2015 7:54 PM

This blog summarizes the numerous episodes of genocide committed by (zio-british empire) Britain...............

 

http://worldsworstmassmurderer.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/britain-worlds-wo...

Fractal Parasite's picture

he and many soldiers were sickened by Mr Corbyn’s refusal to condemn the IRA, which killed 730 troops and injured 7,000 more during the conflict

What's sickening is their refusal to condemn MI5, which set up and controlled the IRA, according to operatives cum whistleblowers Kevin Fulton and Martin Ingram, talking here to Alex Jones.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndYPp-3cvbk

ConfederateH's picture

How many British soldiers did the Jew terrorists kill during their theft of Israel?   As I recall it is over 1000 killed.   Funny how these "generals" don't threaten to perform a coup on Cameron for supporting the Jewish Nazi's.

fleur de lis's picture

Let the good General lead the charge against the real power holders of Britian and see what happens. They will crack down on him faster than a known narcotics or smuggling racket. They are only criminals with no loyalty to anything but money, so they are no threat since they are two of a kind. An openly loyal and patriotic British threat will get smashed instantly.  The central bankers know their priorities and sovereignty ain't one.

Ace006's picture

Patriotism is so yesterday.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Agreed. Until a "named" general comes forward, I'd file this under "put ons".

Ace006's picture

"Trial balloon" and "shot across the bow" come to mind.