7 July 2012
“Cameron betrayed US over troop cuts…” Says SAS legend Andy McNab, who switched to Tories in 2010
McNab’s support helped Mr Cameron into No 10 after a meeting between the two convinced the Gulf War veteran to switch from Labour to Tories.
But McNab has now lost faith in the PM after he rubber-stamped plans to axe 20,000 soldiers’ jobs.
He said: “I feel let down. These cuts go far deeper and further than he said they would when we met.”
The Sun’s security adviser also demanded that politicians “know the new limits of our Armed Forces”.
He said: “We’ve got to be realistic about our greatly reduced military capability. Cameron cannot put troops in harm’s way by sending them into situations they don’t have the manpower to deal with.
“And he cannot expect them to do everything they did before.”
UK troop numbers are set to fall from 102,000 to 82,000. Ministers plan to fill the gap by doubling the number of TA reservists to 30,000.
But McNab accused them of making decisions based on money and politics instead of military needs.
He added: “We would need a huge cultural change to have 30,000 reservists. And we don’t even know if employers will sign up, so we are getting the losses without knowing if we’ll get the gains. That’s a huge gamble”
Source: The Sun
The Sun – 27 June 2012
A gesture too far?
Queen to shake hands with ex-IRA boss
THE QUEEN is today expected to shake hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness during her Diamond Jubilee tour of Northern Ireland.
The meeting with the Stormont Deputy First Minister is a milestone in Anglo-Irish relations. While many see it as strengthening peace, others – on both sides – find it unpalatable.
Here are two opposing views.
By Andy McNab, ex-SAS in Northern Ireland
When the Queen shakes the hand of terrorist-turned-politician Martin McGuinness, it will still be dripping with the blood of more than 3,300 men, women and children killed by Irish terrorists.
That is over 300 murders more than al-Qaeda inflicted during the 9/11 attacks.
There must be reconciliation. Otherwise, the wounds of what politicians like to call “The Troubles” (it felt more like a bloody and grim war to me) will never heal.
That is already happening, at a speed no one dreamt of.
So before we go all cuddly over the fact that McGuinness is moving the peace process forward, think again.
This meeting has nothing to do with reconciliation but all to do with using the Queen to strengthen McGuinness and his party, Sinn Fein, across the whole of Ireland. McGuinness is soon to step down as a Westminster MP and plans to concentrate on Irish politics.
This meeting between him and the Queen will endorse him as a credible future leader of a united Ireland.
There wasn’t a single year in my 18 years of service in the infantry and SAS that I wasn’t involved in that dirty war fought in the shadows.
I had friends killed and injured and I’m not the only one who hasn’t forgotten. The families of those shot dead or blown to pieces on the streets of Belfast and Derry or in the bandit country of South Armagh haven’t.
More security forces were killed in combat year on year in Northern Ireland than Afghanistan, and the wounded still live with life-changing injuries.
This handshake is far too much, too soon, for many who experienced the so-called Troubles.
Go here for the full article and the NO by Michael Gallagher
5 April 2011
David Cameron was blasted last night for hailing the bravery of RAF Top Guns over Libya – just as forces heroes were sacked back home.
The PM heaped praise on daring Tornado and Typhoon pilots as he arrived at their Italian air base Gioia del Colle. Yet hours earlier he had ordered Defence Secretary Liam Fox to slash 2,600 more soldiers, sailors and pilots from the ranks, while Britain fights wars in Libya AND Afghanistan.
Go here to read the full article in The Sun
The Sun’s security adviser Andy McNab said: “The military don’t want to lose anyone and there are many arguments that we shouldn’t be losing anyone.
“These cuts are coming from politicians. It’s a dark day for the military.”
6 April 2011
PM David Cameron sparked a fresh defence row yesterday by splurging £650million he’s saving in Forces cuts on schools in Pakistan.
He pledged the giant sum to pay for 90,000 new teachers and get four million poor Pakistani children into school.
It is the UK’s biggest ever overseas aid education project – but the move sparked fury among Sun readers.
Go here to read the full article in The Sun
Sun security adviser and SAS legend Andy McNab warned that corruption in Pakistan would mean some of the aid money being “funnelled to the people laying the bombs and shooting the weapons against British troops in Afghanistan”.
Monday 14 June
“Sun Security Expert Andy McNab talks to Gaunty about the sacking of Military Chief, Sir Jock Stirrup.”
Go here to listen to The Jon Gaunt Show
Andy McNab’s item starts at 49min10
A great article – with more news about Andy McNab’s upcoming projects!
Lunch with the FT: Andy McNab
By Max Hastings
Published: June 5 2010
A defence journalist who knows McNab has said, “With Andy, everything is business.” He hustles relentlessly, and has become an eager entrepreneur. As well as owning stakes in a security company and a recruitment company (of which he is a director), he is now backing a business called Ghost Speaker, which encrypts digital content for mobile phones and electronic readers. How did that one happen? “A night out with a friend who said, ‘It’s the way ahead.’” The friend was almost certainly right. “We’re just doing a deal with Currys and Dixons.”
But McNab never forgets his core product: “The most important thing is the writing – that’s what makes everything else happen.” He works six hours a day dictating his books, and is thrilled that he has been asked to direct a film of one of them, Boy Soldier.
“Success gives you opportunities, choice. How else could I have been asked to do a film? I told them, ‘I know nothing about directing.’ They said, ‘Don’t worry – you’ll have a really good cameraman.’”
For the full interview go here