Thursday, August 01, 2019

Penny Morduant's reflections on her last few days as Defence Secretary

There is a piece by Penny Mordaunt in the Spectator here about her last few days as Britain's first female secretary of state for defence.

There is a lot of material in it praising the work of Britain's armed forces and describing the difficulties they go through. There is not a word of complaint or criticism about her sacking, which is brushed off as follows:

"Ours not to reason why. Good command cheerfully accepts all missions with humour and loyalty. The five-minute meeting ends with my support and my best wishes."

It is very evidence from the piece that Penny regards public service both as a duty and a privilege and public office as something to which nobody has a right.

Britain needs more people with such an attitude.

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