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Wars are fought by youth; they are fitter, their eyesight works and their reactions faster. Politicians, who believe they know better, understand the argument, can plan and know they are going to win, well sometimes, start wars.
There was a time when the person who started the war went to war taking the aristocrats along. The King and his cronies stood in front of the army and were in the thick of battle fighting alongside their men and killed or captured and ransomed. Kings stopped going to war when they gave up their right as absolute rulers and became the iconic leader of armies giving the men a cause to fight. The 1914/18 war saw the end of aristocrats leading armies; this was for many reasons including the decimation of aristocratic families during the First World War and the discovery, after the loss of several million men, that they were not fit for purpose.
At the end of the First World War armies became better trained, the men better educated and the officer corps received training in man management and management techniques. By the 1970s, there were few aristocrats in British Army Regiments and by the 1980s hardly any with only a smattering of Lords in the elite Royal Regiments such as the Guards and Household Cavalry.
On modern battlefields you will find few peers of the realm, commanding troops though there will be former grammar and secondary school boys and girls from very similar backgrounds as the troops they command. In many walks of our society the privilege of rank through birth has long gone and not a bad thing or is it?
The people with rank and privilege today are not the elite of thirty or even fifty years or more ago, they no longer understand there was a price to pay for privilege and that was duty and possibly death when carrying out their duty. A man who understood the price of privilege was Sir Winston Churchill, when he lost his government job during the 1914/18 war he put on a uniform and joined the men in the front line. There are many other men and women that understood the cost of being privileged and have given their lives in return.
Today politicians believe that in return for minor hardship and a poor salary privilege is the reward as is the several million they will earn when their political life ends. Perhaps now is the time to revert to the traditional rewards for privilege and instead of visiting troops surrounded by security and troops they should put on a uniform, pick up a gun and spend six months in a basher or trench.
There are around 600 British Members of Parliament, a regiment and would not be expected to accept soldiers pay only the hardship and risk. Kings and the nobility understood they were a focal point, the enemy’s target taking pressure of the ordinary soldier and provided the opportunity to take out the enemy whilst they concentrated their efforts elsewhere.
There are other benefits, politicians would make sure the troops had the best equipment, the best officers, the best planning, there would be no political gains or cover-ups and a great deal more thought given to the necessity of going to war.
Queen Elizabeth I knew the benefit of standing with her men when she gave her weak and feeble woman speech, there was little she could do in the heat of battle but being there boosted morale and gave the men a reason for laying down their lives.
Bardstone Penfold is an established name in the Folkestone written arts, penning articles and reports on a freelance basis for established specialist magazines in the world of antiquities and humour.