"You're an absolute shower" was the catchphrase of the ineffable Terry Thomas and how very applicable it is to the bunch of second-hand car dealers former members of the General Staff who were caught out by The Sunday Times flogging their influence in the government and the Ministry of Defence to the highest bidder - in this case a 'supposed' South Korean company selling drones.
Lord Dannatt said last night that the bogus lobbyists offered to pay him a monthly fee of £8,000 if he would approach senior figures in the MoD on behalf of the company. The peer said he did not agree to accept any money, however he told the undercover reporters from the Sunday Times that it might be possible to make an “indirect approach” to senior figures at the department.
So far as I can tell, none of them told the fake lobbyists to jump in their sampan and 'Foxtrot Oscar' back to Korea, or, perhaps more politely, simply write out the telephone number of the Ministry of Defence and hand it to them. It isn't just the greed that practically dribbles out of the corners of their mouths but their dim, dumb naïveté in failing to spot, or even suspect, the trick being played on them. Cupidity and stupidity all wrapped up in fancy uniforms and smothered in bullshit about comradeship and duty.
"What an absolute shower!"