British paratroopers from 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment at Camp Eagle in Afghanistan 2008 (Image: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
Under the aegis of Nato, of which we are long-term, loyal, and valued members? No, it seems these exercises are under the command of Eurofor, the intended EU armed forces. But aren't we supposed to be leaving the EU finally and completely in a few more weeks? Under whose ruling do EU generals now control and command British troops?
Another odd thing. It is all totally secret. No announcement, no media coverage, at least not in our Press. It is no secret that for years the EU chiefs in Brussels, planning an EU army to help complete their dreamed-of federal state, have yearned for control of our special forces - the SAS, SBS, SRR, Marine Commandos and Paras - simply because they are not just the best in Europe but in the world. With the possible exception of two French SF units, there is nothing in the EU that could even try to match them.
So what is going on? We are supposed to have an Opposition (Labour) Defence spokesman to put trenchant questions to the Government. So where is he? In lockdown? We are supposed to have a Defence Secretary in the Cabinet to guard and defend the integrity of the men and women who