Even the navy has gone woke

Chief navy cadet Ant Middleton could be sacked for criticising Black Lives Matter.

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Ant Middleton, star of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, could lose his job as chief cadet of the Royal Navy due to comments he made about Black Lives Matter.

According to the Daily Mail, Middleton will be told to resign or face the sack after he referred to BLM activists as ‘absolute scum’.

Middleton was responding to a video showing violence at a protest in London. In a video posted after he deleted his original tweet, Middleton apologised for his remarks and clarified that he was referring to the violent protesters specifically rather than BLM in general.

But his apology did not go far enough for his navy bosses. A Volunteer Cadet Corps (VCC) policy document seen by the Mail said: ‘The views [Middleton] expressed are not in keeping with the values that the VCC aspire to.’

What this incident highlights is that the ‘values’ of the military are no longer what you might expect. Along with all other institutions, the military has gone woke.

Other examples abound. A 2018 report by the Ministry of Defence said it hopes the army can be ‘recognised as a force for inclusion in wider society’.

Last year, the army ran a recruitment campaign designed to make it more inclusive. It even called for ‘snowflakes’ to sign up.

We now have the absurd situation where the armed wing of the state, which is happy to blow people up in the Middle East and in North Africa, affects to be deeply concerned about being inclusive and not offending supporters of Black Lives Matter.

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Comments

Al Wilson

28th July 2020 at 12:02 pm

Shocking if true, but ‘might’ according to the Daily Mail who specialise in pressing peoples buttons means it’s probably BS

James Clark

28th July 2020 at 11:04 am

In life there are sometimes consequences for the things you say, who’d have thunk it.

Gordon Al Gopher

27th July 2020 at 8:26 pm

This sort of BS is dreamt up by people who haven’t had to face the front line in some time, if at all.

Pen pushers the lot of them. Full of ‘good’ ideas and completely out of touch with reality.

Ray Diator

27th July 2020 at 8:56 pm

When the green beret commando course, or special forces’ training becomes easier in order to fill quotas, that’s when you’ll know they’ve completely lost it

Walter Mitty

27th July 2020 at 8:10 pm

Support for BLM was understandably high after the George Floyd incident but it has now fallen off a cliff face as it’s become clear what it’s really about. These protestors, particularly in the US, have more in common with terrorists than activists and it’s clearly not about social/racial justice.

In the UK, Sky in particular Sky Sports News has really aligned itself with BLM matters even after some of the other media outlets have started to distance themselves from it.

The thing I noticed was a lot of the journalists over here are in complete denial about what BLM really are and if you don’t agree they imply you are racist. It was worst from sports (football) journalists and its no surprise they are overwhelming white and middle-class.

Lancelot Gobbo

27th July 2020 at 7:11 pm

The Canadian Navy, what’s left of it, is currently voting for the right non-hateful word to replace “seaman”. Ratings who have pushed back, or even more reprehensibly, used humour to ridicule their bosses have had a good tongue-lashing from the admiral responsible and been told they should leave the navy.
And yet, we want them to be trained killers who will end the lives of thousands of total strangers just because someone gave the order. I mean, how could they bring themselves to do such a thing when reeling from the misogyny of the word “seaman”? FFS, get a grip, Canada.

KATHLEEN CARR

27th July 2020 at 6:48 pm

As George Orwell said ‘We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm’ . Such people cannot also be expected to be mindful of their pronouns and the like

Gareth Roberts

27th July 2020 at 6:22 pm

So, the forces which exist to defend the nation state are now dominated by wokerati who think all nation states are evil. We’re doomed.

James Knight

27th July 2020 at 5:01 pm

Sounds like the Navy – like many other institutions – are pandering to violent extremists.

There’s probably little point in apologising when people are acting in bad faith. That will be just used as an excuse to cancel his career fore ever all the the name a cheap stunt. The culprit is like a leper who has a disease and needs isolating from decent society – forever.

Lions led by donkeys is nothing new, I suppose.

Dominic Straiton

27th July 2020 at 4:54 pm

The Navy like the Army relies on white working class men to fill the ranks and smash in the enemies skull with an entrenching tool. Woke really isnt going to cut it or we’l just have more ratings crying when they get “captured ” by the Iranians.

Ray Diator

27th July 2020 at 4:16 pm

The military upper class operate in the same bubble as the liberal elite in society. Speak to the average NCO ranks/rates in the military and you’ll find the same casual racism, sexism, sarcasm and cynicism that you find in general society. Or that’s how it was when I was serving…

Neil John

5th August 2020 at 2:19 pm

Yup, far too many chinless wonders bought commissions in the past, now the Ruperts have to come from moneyed backgrounds, have attended a University and be ‘woke’ as well.

CJ Hawes

27th July 2020 at 4:02 pm

Oh dear, how sad, never mind. I wonder if the services will twig that by pandering to a minority, they will put off a number of the majority who could be developed as individuals as much as soldiers and thus be to the fore in working towards equality. Just imagine the court martials / disciplinary proceedings of the future – “but the nasty sergeant hurt my feelings”, “ah right, case dismissed”.

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