AN organisation that arms people and then gives them orders that must be followed without question may not be producing hippies, it has emerged.
As four serving British soldiers were arrested on suspicion of being members of a neo-Nazi group, there was widespread surprise that the Army includes some people with extreme authoritarian tendencies.
Conservative backbencher Deny Finch-Hatton said: “British soldiers are groovy, laid back pacifists who joined the army so they could go to Afghanistan to commune with nature and buy cheap tie-dye clothes.
“It’s what makes the British Army the loveliest in the world and also why we need Trident submarines.
“If these allegations are true then the Army needs better quality cannabis. Perhaps something Morrocan with a sweet, chill-out vibe that still allows you to drive a tank or fly an Apache helicopter.”
But Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, added: “Angry, racist soldiers getting together to plan a violent overthrow of democracy was actually how the Nazis started.