So, who would have thought that little old me #MuslimGirlwiththeSAS, a skinny, Northern girl from Oldham would find a political ally in James Bond? Yes, Roger Moore, the quintessential English gent and man's man, who could make love to a woman and beat the enemy to a pulp without creasing his white dinner jacket, was reported last weekend as sharing my views on re-introducing compulsory National Service.
While much of the commentary on the Chilcot report is on the decision to go to war, it is important not to miss the lessons of Britain's occupation of Southern Iraq. How it went from a brilliantly successful initial invasion to a rapidly deteriorating security situation and finally what Chilcot described as the 'humiliating' spectacle of doing a deal with violent militia groups to stop attacks on British troops holed up in their bases is an important story.
In last week's post, I alluded to the fact that I had signed up to do a 10k run. In fact, I more than alluded to it - I outright stated it. And I'm ashamed to say that it wasn't strictly true. In fact, what I had done is challenge the editor of a well-known running magazine to a race. I mean, you can probably see the flawed logic already.
Who is the real threat to national security? Is it the democratically elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn? Or is it the general who has threatened democracy and the freedom of the British people to elect their leaders? At least Jeremy Corbyn has the guts to speak for himself, rather than hiding behind the 'unnamed general' mask.