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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta WcdnMday, September LETHBRIDQE HERALD-41 Something unusually eccentric is happening in Britain PATRICK O'DONOVAN London Observer LONDON Something un- usually eccentric is happening here at Jeast it is eccentric for Britain. Some retired of- ficers are making muffled and confused noises that, none the less, have political significance. They want to organize private groups which, in an emergency, will support the government, the. forces of law and order and the various sanitation departments that keep the sewers of Britain sweet and running. They fear industrial chaos caused by a militant highly organized left-wing minority. They want to be a counter- poise in the service of the un- written constitution. And they are organizing and apparently getting support from the dis- gruntled Centre and the angry Right. Now this sort of action is en- tirely against the British tradition and that it has happened at all is perhaps a portent of storms to come. The tradition is that the military know their place as non-political servants of any elected government. Ex- service organizations shun political commitments and stick to the welfare of their members. These new groups matter precisely because the public mind connects them with the military. EYE ON THE ARMY The real prejudice against military display and interference in Britain probably dates from the stern and puritanical rule of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell and his major generals 300 years ago. The country wanted no more of that sort of thing. So except in time of war the civilian eye on the army has always been suspicious. There have been a few military official irregulars in the past. There were the Volunteers raised when it seemed Napoleon might in- vade. They designed themselves uniforms of eccentric and impractical magnificence. To watch them drilling was regarded as an hilarious entertainment. They were no sort of deterrent, rather an invitation to in- vasion. Then there was the Home Guard in the last war. They were recruited from the too young, the too sick and the too old. They were a charming gesture of defiance rather than a menace. They are remembered with pride and affection and have a light- hearted role in the racial memory. As a result of all this there is a curious antique innocence in British military ceremonial. Trooping the Colour, the Changing of the Guard, the Edinburgh Tattoo, Beating the Retreat there is nothing threatening in these evolutions. The last thing they are is an assertion of military power. But these new organizations are different. They are im- patient products of frustration. They are all, of course, led by that class which, until recently, ex- pected to be heard and to be the local leaders. The rank and file is likely to be made up of those who can only lose in any radical change in Britain. The first of them is led by General Sir Walter Walker, KCB, CBE, DSO and two Bars. He is the image of a retired British general. He has fine white moustaches, swept to each side like the bow wave of a destroyer. He looks beautifully preserved, fit, curt and sparing with words, up to his knees in work- ing dogs, austere in his per- sonal habits, no drink before sun-down (which, for military purposes occurs at 6 p.m. precisely every day throughout the He formerly commanded the NATO forces in Northern Europe and he is a brilliant professional soldier. CLASS WAR SEEN He believes that if he can build up an unarmed force of volunteers, a hard-pressed government will calf for the help of his self-disciplined and reliable organization. They would keep the essential ser- vices going as volunteers did in the 1926 General Strike. That stoppage was broken by the middle classes and by the heartier students having the time of their life driving buses and delivering the milk. Now, the general believes, the British are in for a violent ver- sion of the class war. Colonel David Stirling is different. He is a gentleman adventurer, the younger son of a rich Scottish laird. He is the sort who once settled colonial Virginia. He was enterprising and independent in the war, being rude to General Montgomery and, in the North African desert, outflanking the Germans with small swift columns that attacked from the rear and then maddening- ly retreated still further to the German rear. He is brilliant and brave, elaborately casual in manner, but perhaps lacks prudence. He seems to an- ticipate the physical breakdown of the essential services. The third of these ex-officers is a wing com- mander in his seventies who is not much noticed. No recruit- ment figures have been issued or would be reliable. These movements are only a few months old and are busy collecting money and recruits, in issuing innocuous statements and in covering their tracks. General Walker appears to expect to get 000 into his card-indexed force. Colonel Stirling appears to be looking for personnel with useful skills. What the wing commander wants is not generally known. Professional politicians tend to dismiss the whole lot as preposterous. Bui these phenomena can- not laughed into nothingness. They do have sympathizers and recruits' ready to work and provide funds, though few of these are in politics or the mass media. They are a sign that the theory of conspiracy is beginning to take effect. This theory states that there are a number of organizations who seek not reform or social justice, but the destruction of the State as a preliminary to a basic redesigning and rebuilding, the exact blueprints of which are never made public. 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