Chief of Staff of the Army, General Nick Carter, who whilst serving in Kosovo at the turn of the century said he contemplated taking control of Serb-controlled Northern Mitrovica using similar tactics to those employed during ‘Operation Motorman’ in Creggan in 1972, asked military police to root out an unnamed General who told a Sunday newspaper last month that there would be a mutiny if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister.
General Carter who served in Northern Ireland in the 1980s ordered an internal Army enquiry after The Sunday Times published the article suggesting one of the top brass feels a coup d’état could be attempted if the old-Labour Corbyn gets into Downing Street.
“The Chief of the General Staff ordered an urgent enquiry by the Royal Military Police (RMP) to identify the Army officer quoted in the article,” the Ministry of Defence has now confirmed.
“The enquiry has now concluded but the RMP were unable to ascertain who the individual was,” the Ministry explained.
The Ministry released the information in response to a Freedom of Information request lodged by a G. Taylor, who complained that a “serving general in the armed forces is threatening sedition if the people return Corbyn as Prime Minister in a future election. This is not a ‘banana republic’ and to threaten armed action is tantamount to treason.”
In the report in The Sunday Times on September 20, the unnamed General, who was reported to have also served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, was quoted as saying a putsch would be on the cards if Mr Corbyn became Prime Minister.
“The Army just wouldn’t stand for it. The general staff would not allow a Prime Minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul to prevent that. You can’t put a maverick in charge of a country’s security.
“There would be mass resignations at all levels and you would face the very real prospect of an event which would effectively be a mutiny.”