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Stand and salute (II)

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The Torch tries to sort out whether or not the Prime Minister should have received that salute. Various acronyms ensue.

Of course, Prime Ministers are entitled to a salute … just not the same salute to which Governor Generals are entitled. So that’s the question: did the PM take a salute to which he wasn’t entitled? I don’t know for sure. But it looked to me like there were more than fifty soldiers in that honour guard.

If the PM is abrogating this longstanding Commonwealth military tradition, somebody within the chain of command should have the guts to tell him to stop. Ideally that would be the Governor General herself. But if she isn’t willing to step up, the CDS should, with the same tone that an RSM would take with his or her CO – respectful, but not completely deferential.