Peter Rhodes on firing soldiers and a lecture on ethics given by a bank

Meanwhile, Boris spends way too much time with geeks and bean counters. They want the British Army to get rid of 10,000 soldiers from a pitiful 70,000 and turn into a lean and fit fighting machine based on cyber and drones.

It’s no secret why the Treasury wants fewer troops. Even a single soldier is a costly item, requiring barracks, gymnasiums, medical support, and entertainment. If the soldiers are married and have children, the Ministry of Defense must provide housing, schools, social assistance and legal advice. The great thing about a drone is that you don’t have to build it a house and it will probably never ask to see the chaplain.

Generals, who know more about how to fight real battles, would rather have a few thousand more fighting soldiers, or “bayonets” as they are charmingly called. Microchip wars are great, but you can’t hold a bridge with a laptop or dig a trench with a mouse.

Halifax Bank “promotes inclusivity” by inviting staff to wear name tags showing their preferred pronoun. He proudly tweeted an example of a name badge that read “Gemma (she/her/her).” While this may delight the woke children of Halifax Human Resources, it has offended some clients. Halifax hits back, saying the badges will prevent ‘accidental gender-mistakes’ and puts its money where it is by stating ‘if you don’t agree with our values, you can close your account’.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some older people left, on the grounds that any symbol revealing a person’s gender or sexuality is deeply sinister. Those over 60 have a racial memory of the pink triangles and yellow stars of 1930s Germany.

It is very simple. I’m just cashing a check or opening an Isa. I don’t want to know the cashier’s sexual status (or even his name, to be honest) and I certainly don’t want him to know mine. And while Halifax proclaims “our values,” we all know that if half of her clients threatened to quit, she would suddenly discover new values. We don’t need lessons in ethics from the banks, thank you.

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