Sunday 2 June 2019

The British army is suspicious of patriotism

The leaflet, titled “Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators & Warnings” alerts senior defence staff to the signs of extremism

A leaked confidential British military document from 2017, entitled “Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators and Warnings”, tells officers how to spot extremists in the ranks. Soldiers who describe themselves as patriots are suspicious, as are men who “use the term Islamofascism”, make “inaccurate generalisations about the Left” and talk about "threats to so called national identity”, as well as people sporting tattoos with “overt and covert XRW iconography”. Adding -istan to place names as Melanie Phillips did long ago with her book Londonistan, is a sign. Referring to political correctness as a left-wing or Communist plot is another, even though it is. 

Dia Chakravarty, the British Bangladeshi Brexit Editor of The Daily Telegraph comments on this:
It is interesting that the Conservative candidate who felt able to simply state “I love my country” in his leadership pitch was Sajid Javid, the son of Muslim Pakistani migrants. Whether any of his non-BAME rivals would get away with such a declaration without courting controversy is, amazingly, not an unreasonable question.
I met a nice young upper class lieutenant in Edinburgh last August, giving out leaflets to try to win recruits for the army. I told him how nice it was that in modern Britain the armed forces were the one institution that still embodied hierarchy and the class system. He replied, apologetically, that they were trying hard to be more diverse.

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