We live in dangerous times.
No, I’m not referring to the Paris attacks – that is blowback for western interference in the Islamic world – I’m talking about here.
The military has always regarded Labour and the Labour movement as a threat to the country.
There is nothing new in that.
What is new is the stridency of their condemnation.
There is no longer any attempt to conceal their hostility and what they might do if, in their view, things go too far.
And, always remember, it is only their view.
When Jeremy Corbyn was democratically and overwhelmingly elected leader of the Labour party an unnamed serving general spoke of mutinies and coups if such a party formed the next government – a likely occurrence.
Go back to the 1970s and we find MI5 officers plotting to oust the then Labour MP Harold Wilson.
Go back to 1924 and how the first ever Labour government was toppled – a coup – by the infamous and forged Zinoviev Letter and a smear campaign got up by the establishment.
So, when on Remembrance Sunday – no coincidence – the chief of the defence staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, told the Andrew Marr Show he was worried about Corbyn and the prospect of a Labour government in 2020, he meant business.
Just how far is the military prepared to go?
Tanks and soldiers on the streets? Aircraft overhead, surveillance drones, communications monitors and intercepts?
Fantasy? It couldn’t happen here?
On the surface everything seems so normal, or as normal as can be expected after five-and-a-half years of Tory rule.
But, bear in mind who has all the weapons.
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