Concerns over the stability of UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon will intensify following his latest outburst.
Sir Michael, knighted in David Cameron’s resignation ‘crony honours list’ last year, has blamed Russia for civilian deaths in Syria.
As reported by Reuters, he said Russia ‘bore responsibility by proxy’ for ‘every civilian death’ in Syria last week caused by a poison gas attack that Washington says was carried out by the Moscow-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Respected ex-diplomat Alastair Crooke said Fallon must have known he had it exactly wrong: ‘They are suggesting that Russia was in a way responsible for what had happened, when, in fact, it was entirely the opposite. Russia was the state responsible for actually having these weapons destroyed in the first place never to be ever used by the Syrian government.’
In February, Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Defence described the Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov as a ‘ship of shame skulking through the Channel’ as it went home after helping the Syrian army liberate Aleppo. The defeat of the UK’s favoured and financed jihadists had irritated UK politicians. But all the same, it was a gratuitously petulant display of military impotence. The UK does not even have an operational aircraft carrier.
Christian Voice sent a letter apologising to the Russian Ambassador. We thanked him for Russia’s role in liberating Aleppo from the jihadists. The Christians of Aleppo were able to celebrate Christmas in December 2016 for the first time in five years.
The question is, why does the man holding such a great office of state keep coming out with things which are either demonstrably untrue or antagonistic, or both? It is not as if he has declared shareholdings in armaments companies. Is he carried away by his own supposed importance? Does he think he is bolstering NATO? Does he believe he is raising the international standing of Her Majesty the Queen? Or does something impair his judgment?
Michael Fallon ‘visibly drunk’
In 2013, Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Defence – who witnesses say was visibly drunk – had to be forcibly separated by a government minder from an attractive woman by a government minder at a posh party. She turned out to be a Russian ‘honey-trap’ spy. (Yes, MI6 tries to work out what the Russians are up to, and they do the same to us.)
In 2010, according to the Independent, Daily Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon was at a party near Westminster. She wrote she was attending a party for a departing colleague, where ‘people were speed-drinking to keep cool’ in the heat. She was approached by a Tory MP who asked what she was doing in the bar.
Ms Gordon explained why she was attending. She reports, ‘And then he said: ‘If you work at theTelegraph, do you know that slut who writes that Single Girl About Town column at the back of the magazine? What’s her name? Bryony Gordon?’
Bryony Gordon says she had the composure to respond: ‘I know her very well, because that slut is me’. The MP, she says, ‘blushed crimson’ and spent the rest of the evening ‘apologising profusely’. The MP was Michael Fallon.
Banned from driving
A friend said, ‘He referred to them in the wrong way, which went down badly and he apologised for that, but he did not use the word ‘slut’. He does not go around calling women sluts. Like all these stories, there’s a bit on each side. It was a remark made at 11pm after two parties.’ So that’s OK, then. Michael Fallon was plastered.
In 1983, Mr Fallon was banned from driving for 18 months after admitting a drink driving offence during that year’s General Election campaign. (The Guardian, News in Brief, 5 July 1983)
In 2002-2004, according to The Daily Telegraph, he claimed for mortgage repayments on his Westminster flat in their entirety. He was Deputy Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee. MPs are only allowed to claim for interest charges. He overclaimed £8,300 from the taxpayer, and repaid us only £2,200 of it.
Ministry of Provocation
It is astonishing how quickly and how dramatically Michael Fallon has managed to sour relations between London and Moscow. The Russians must be constantly making allowances for him being either stupid or drunk when he makes these remarks.
In any event, Russia and Iran have now responded with their own ‘red lines’, says the Independent, warning of strikes against American assets if there is any repeat of the airbase strike which killed fourteen people, including civilians and four children.
The office is called the Ministry of Defence, not the ‘Department for Provocation’. It should run by a sober man of peace.
Last September, Sir Michael’s MOD accidentally published a list of all serving officers, described as a gift of a hit-list to IS. The same month it was revealed British special forces were secretly training ‘New Syrian Army’ (NSA) rebels in Jordan.
Strong drink is raging
The Bible says leaders should be competent, truthful and God-fearing:
Exodus 18:21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
A Minister of the Crown is on duty whenever he is in public. Moses laid down a command from God about drinking while on duty in a word to the priesthood of Aaron:
Leviticus 10:9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
Scripture clearly warns that alcohol impairs judgment:
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
And the advice on abstinence to king Lemuel stands for all time:
Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Repent or be replaced
Anyone can repent, put his trust in Christ and turn from evil. Indeed, t is a Biblical command:
Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
But if he will not do so, Michael Fallon will continue to bring shame and dishonour on the Crown and on us all. He brings the judgment of God on the United Kingdom and should be replaced:
Psalm 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
The Lord is in the business of renewing the mind, in fact, it is a command for Christians:
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
But if that is doable at all, it is only possible through faith in Christ. Only Jesus gives the spiritual power to turn from evil, from lies, from drunkeness, from instability and pursue truth and peace.
Pray for Sir Michael Fallon to repent, to turn to Christ, to seek peace and pursue it. If not, for the Lord to replace him with a man after his own heart.
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